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Immigration reform smart Arkansas may not be known for its high share of immigrants — they compose only 5 percent of the state’s population — but immigrants have begun to play a larger role in both the economic and political landscape of our state. Immigrants keep Arkansas vibrant and competitive. For every dollar the state spent on services to immigrant households — including K-12 education, healthcare, and corrections — it received $7 in immigrant business revenue and tax contributions in 2010. The economic contribution of immigrants grew from $2.9 billion in 2004 to $3.9 billion in 2010. And this contribution is expected to grow further as immigrants and their children increase their share of the state’s total population and workforce. In recent years, one in four of America’s new small business owners were immigrants. Forty percent of Fortune 500 companies were started by a first- or second-generation American. Immigration makes us more prosperous. We are a nation of values, founded on the idea that all people are created equal and that all people have rights, no matter where they come from or what they look like. Our immigration laws must reflect our values, not our fears. Passing immigration reform is not just the smart thing to do; it’s the right thing to do. Victor Rojas De Queen



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From the web In response to Jay Barth’s column on Sen. Mark Pryor’s political strategy: “Provincialism” is too polite a word for Pryor’s tactics. Pandering is closer, but still too mild. Long a mewling placater, after his vote against a vast majority of Arkansans’ (and the country’s — unlike Pryor, I do not suffer from provincialism) common sense support for background checks, he can no longer be considered merely some vague, lumpen milquetoast who’s traded his father’s name for

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those paying for representation will continue to receive it. ... but that is not the way it is supposed to work, that is the corruption we need to fix, so let’s vote these wretches out of office and build a better country. Citizenjohn I note with amusement the haranguing by the intellectual toads over Pryor’s rightful vote against the supposed background check. Most of those that are howling about how a wonderful law was given short shrift have never read all 49 pages. Pryor did absolutely right to vote against this excrement. Bloomberg and his millions should not have any say in Arkansas. The NRA is far more representative of Arkansas than Bloomberg and his paid bully pulpit. There are values that are inherently Arkansan that cannot be shared with New York or California. The reverse is true, too. That is part of the beauty of the nation and the 50 states, that while there is a foundation document that ties us together, we still have 50 different ways of doing things across this country. They aren’t inherently bad simply because they are different. Respect the differences. Steven E In response to Max Brantley’s column on attitudes at Boys State toward gay marriage: It’s always surprising to find that “believers” (of all three Abrahamic faiths BTW) are strict constructionists when it comes to Leviticus and homosexual relations, and, at the same time, overt “judicial activists” when it comes to individual and national failures to adhere to the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount. Joe Quimby In response to Gene Lyons’ column on NSA phone monitoring: Sorry boys, but Congress voted to legalize telephone data-mining in 2008. It’s been common knowledge ever since. That’s not the same as tapping phones, which requires a search warrant. Aloysius

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nnouncing her candidacy for lieutenant governor, Dianne Curry said she considered running for the Second Congressional District seat and state auditor “before deciding lieutenant governor best fits her experience and abilities.” Schools spend a lot of time these days teaching self-esteem — students like it better than facts and formulae — but apparently the teaching hasn’t seeped upward to the Little Rock School Board, on which Curry sits. Anyone who thinks her experience and abilities are best suited for being lieutenant governor has serious S-E issues. We wrote once that the present lieutenant governor, Mark Darr, was likely the only person in Arkansas history who’d proved too light for the job. (That was after Darr sneaked into the governor’s office while Gov. Beebe was away and signed a rather bad bill that Beebe hadn’t planned to.) Serving responsibly as acting governor when the real one is out of town — that is, not signing bad bills — is about all the lieutenant governor has to do, other than preside over the state Senate when the legislature is in session a few weeks a year. It is not a fulltime job. Both Curry and John Burkhalter, a state highway commissioner who also announced for lieutenant governor, are admirably overqualified. 6

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e now know for sure that screwy right-wing ex-governors of Arkansas make more sense than screwy right-wing incumbent governors of Texas. Political scientists had so theorized for some time; the point was proved over the week-end. An unusually bold and far-sighted Mike Huckabee, a Baptist preacher himself before he got into politics and commentary, called on churches to give up their taxexempt status. “Freedom is more important than government financial favors,” Huckabee said. The founders of the republic would agree entirely. They wisely labored to build a strong wall between church and state, for the good of both sides: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” But the wall has been weakened by the granting of tax breaks to religious institutions. Huckabee’s proposal would end a practice — tax favoritism for churches — that may already be unconstitutional and is certainly unfair. The founders never believed that the religious should enjoy government-granted privileges that were denied nonbelievers. Texas Gov. Rick Perry believes it though. While Huckabee was speaking out for religious freedom, Perry was speaking out against it, defending a new law intended to protect Christmas celebrations and other religious observances in the public schools from legal challenges by non-Christians. “Religious freedom does not mean freedom from religion,” he said. But of course it does. Is the right to bear arms a requirement to bear arms? Perry may think so, but reasonable people don’t. Does the right of assembly require that everyone attend all meetings? Is everything nor mandatory prohibited? Perry was befuddled when he was running for president and his head hasn’t cleared. Ordinarily, it takes a village to make Mike Huckabee sound reasonable.

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n his 2012 State of the City Address, Little Rock south of I-630 (excepting the racially Mayor Mark Stodola claimed that his city has the mixed Quapaw Quarter/SoMa area) potential to be “the next great American city in emphatically rejected the proposal. the South.” While the mayor’s phrasing was awkward, No matter the fact that he will leave I thoroughly share the sentiment that Little Rock has the city better than he found it, the potential to be a truly great city. From its distinctive current mayor will not be the transJAY topography that produces exceptional recreational formational civic leader who leads BARTH opportunities to its commitment to the arts that shows Little Rock to greatness. Instead, the fuel for Little Rock’s becoming “the next the city’s underlying creative culture, Little Rock has many of the key elements of any great city. For folks great American city in the South” will likely come from a who are drawn to numbers, the urban guru Richard cadre of African-American leaders who combine two traits: Florida notes that Little Rock has one of the highest authentic connection with the African-American commupercentage of “creative workers” — those who “engage nity that can build trust between civic institutions and that in creative problem-solving, drawing on complex bod- community, and an awareness that the city can only move ies of knowledge to solve specific problems” — of any forward if bridges are built across lines of difference. One mid-size American city. current model of this style of civic leadership is Newark’s But, there are key barriers to Little Rock’s achievement Cory Booker, who governs a decidedly more troubled of “greatness.” Most would point to the challenged public city and now appears to be on his way to the U.S. Senate. school system that continues to lose wealthier students to Embracing diversity in its many forms and with an abilprivate schools (albeit at slower rates than other Southern ity to work with business interests for essential economic cities) as a fundamental obstacle to the city’s success. Just development, Booker has made progress in rebranding a as important is a hydra-headed city government structure city most thought unsalvageable. that creates confusion by combining a city manager with Younger African-Americans who came of age here, left a sorta-strong mayor and adds to the mix three at-large for educational opportunities, and returned committed to representatives with ultimate power in city policymaking. creating a unified and progressive Little Rock populate the The biggest barrier to greatness, however, is the reinforc- leadership of the city’s nonprofit sector. However, they have ing forces of race and class that create two separate cities not yet moved towards holding city government positions in the physical space that is Little Rock. That division, of (other African-Americans with these bridge-building traits course, has its roots in Jim Crow. Its modern day perma- have focused instead on state legislative service). This has nence has been shaped by a multi-lane slap of concrete that meant that older African-American civic leaders too often bifurcates the city, creating an African-American popula- driven towards maintaining factionalism (the recent statetion that deeply distrusts those individuals and institutions ments by City Director Erma Hendrix opposing bike lanes with power. While that distrust is understandable, it pro- on South Main as being imposed by white folks on the vides a fundamental obstacle to Little Rock’s becoming a black residents in the ward represent an extreme version city where everyone feels that they have a place at the table, of this style) continue to dominate Little Rock’s Africanan essential element in any forward-moving city. American city leadership. As evidenced by his recent visibility on immigration With three more about to be lighted by Entergy, bridges reform and his leadership on planning for a “Creative Cor- are the icons of this river city. The bridges that really matter, ridor” along Main Street, Stodola is genuine in his commit- however, are those that can — and must — be built to link ment to the city’s progress. However, his life experience a deeply divided city. It is the next generation of leaders — limits his ability to close the trust gap and create a unified of all races — who will determine if Little Rock becomes a city. This was shown tangibly in the 2011 sales tax elec- “great American city.” tion — the moment that Stodola would likely cite as his greatest accomplishment as mayor — where precincts Max Brantley is on vacation.


Scrapping the Fourth Amendment


hen the hunt for scandal produces only flaps, it is hard to recognize it when you’re handed the real thing. After spending eight months trying to find someone in the Obama administration who acted traitorously in the attacks on the U.S. compound at Benghazi and then raking over the disclosure that agents in the IRS sometimes still carried out political agendas, Republicans got a long-needed assist from a private contractor with the National Security Agency named Edward J. Snowden. He gave the media troves of classified documents showing vast government surveillance of the communications of Americans at home and abroad and then fled to Hong Kong ahead of certain charges that he violated the Espionage Act and other laws. The National Security Agency under Barack Obama had expanded on the work of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney and the openings in the Patriot Act and coopted the personal electronic records

held by communications and Internet companies. It did it to run down and thwart plots against the United ERNEST States at home and DUMAS abroad, and the president and his national security people have insisted that all the surveillance did exactly that. They can’t tell us what and where because it’s classified, you know. The surveillance violates the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, which says people and their “houses, papers and effects” are to be forever secure from the government, although in the age of technology and cross-border terrorism Congress and the courts have pretty much made its commands meaningless and the American people, by and large, have surrendered that right happily. Still, the president’s approval ratings have slipped noticeably in the wake of Snowden’s disclosure, a somewhat heartening sign.

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ne diverting aspect of The Guardian-inspired hullaballoo over NSA surveillance has been watching people bicker about it on Facebook. In the old Soviet Union, people walked in the woods or hid in the bathroom with the faucets running to whisper forbidden thoughts. Here in the USA, people post them online along with cute kitten videos and photos of Reuben sandwiches. Recently, I advised my Facebook friend Theo Jordan how to conduct an intrigue without government spooks catching on. Have a third party buy a pre-paid cell phone anonymously, use it no more than twice, and then hide it in the backseat of a New York taxi. The Feds will go nuts tracking it over five boroughs, while you get busy digging holes. Theo, I should stipulate, is a dachshund with an active fantasy life. We’ve never actually met. Meanwhile, some joker who hides behind the name of a character in a Henry James novel excoriates Democrats who haven’t joined the Edward Snowden-Glenn Greenwald Chicken Little Brigade. “Watching all the Obots turn into good Germans would be funny,” he writes “if it weren’t so horrifying.” Achtung, “Lambert.” You and Theo

can use fake identities on Facebook, but The Shadow knows. Privacy in the 18th century sense vanished with GENE the Internet, and it’s LYONS never coming back. It’s childish to think otherwise. Yesterday my wife dropped my binoculars, knocking them out of whack. Before I figured out how to fix them I priced a new pair on Amazon. This morning, Facebook sent me an advert for Chinese-made Bushnells costing far less than the originals. By tomorrow, they’ll be back to selling me patent medicines somehow involving pretty women with preposterously large breasts. They don’t know that I suffer from maladies their “weird secrets” purport to cure, but they definitely know my age and gender. MasterCard recently shut me down because their computer algorithm correctly deduced that a guy who spends most of his money buying cattle feed in Arkansas probably wasn’t buying a huge HDTV in Mexico City. Amazon knows that I’ve read all the Henning Mankell “Kurt Wallender” novels and thinks I may have a thing for Scandinavian murder mysteries.

Except for libertarians like Rand Paul, and presumably his papa, Ron, Republicans have been the biggest defenders of the president’s and NSA’s surveillance, if not necessarily of the president himself. Cheney said much of the surveillance program was developed in his office when he was vice president, and he called for Snowden to be tried as a traitor. And presumably executed. In Cheney’s lexicon, a traitor is one who tells the American people the truth; a patriot is one who lies to them and even to the president, as he did often after 9/11. Cheney was in the Nixon White House when it went after Daniel Ellsberg, a scholar for the Rand Corp., who leaked the Pentagon Papers, which revealed government deception to lead the country to war in Vietnam. Ellsberg was being tried for violating the Espionage Act but the judge halted the trial after discoveries that the Nixon administration had broken into the office of Ellsberg’s psychiatrist to get records of his treatment and tapped his telephone without a warrant, in violation of the Fourth Amendment. Like Snowden’s revelations now, the American people had no right to know, even generally, what big parts of their government was doing. As I said, the American people long

ago got past the privacy thing, not only because of the fear bred by 9/11 and other crimes but because they have largely surrendered it already to credit-card, Internet and other companies. Government is going to develop a consuming need for your data, too, and you can imagine how some of it might be valid. Bill Clinton was asked last week about whether Americans need some safeguards from abuse. Yes, he said, and the people running the secret programs need to be developing some protections to see that the government never uses the personal data mining for political, financial or personal advantage or punishment. Clinton pointed out that the government couldn’t get into the content of your communications without a warrant approved by the secret federal court set up to do that. That court is some fine protection. The chief justice selects them — nine are Republican judges (one in Little Rock), one a Democrat. Only the government gets to make its case, secretly, and we never know what the decisions were, the grounds, or the results. Figures are hard to come by, but as of the end of 2004, the FISA judges had given the government the warrants it wanted 18,761 times and rejected five. So, no need to worry.

OK, enough. Here’s the thing: The good upside down in my absence. Day and night, news is that the most dramatic “revelations” legally speaking. in the Snowden-Greenwald stories turn Anyway, let’s think this through. The out upon further review to be somewhere New York Times’ estimable James Risen between greatly exaggerated and entirely was absolutely correct on “Meet the Press.” false. Yes, NSA vacuums up telephone “We haven’t had a full national debate about “metadata” and sifts it for suspicious pat- the creation of a massive surveillance state terns. USA Today revealed that in 2006. and surveillance infrastructure that if we There was a big political fight about it, which had some radical change in our politics the libertarian side lost. But no, they aren’t could lead to a police state.” listening to your calls, and when the histriHowever, the genie won’t fit back in the onic Mr. Snowden says he could have eaves- bottle. Like nuclear weapons, computer dropped on anybody in the USA, he leaves technology is here to stay. What with Al out that doing so would have landed him in Qaeda posting articles on its website teachFederal prison, where he probably belongs. ing freelance jihadists like the Tsarnaev As the New Yorker’s Jeff Toobin asks, brothers to “Make a Bomb in the Kitchen “What, one wonders, did Snowden think the of Your Mom,” and Chinese hackers stealN.S.A. did? Any marginally attentive citizen, ing industrial and military secrets by the much less N.S.A. employee or contractor, truckload, unilateral electronic disarmaknows that the entire mission of the agency ment would be folly. An unmonitored Interis to intercept electronic communications.” net would be a conspiracist’s playground. Secondly, NSA has no direct “PRISM” For once, Thomas Friedman may be link into the servers of Google, Yahoo, and right: All that might be necessary to provoke the rest. Upon detecting suspicious activ- a fear-based authoritarian political response ity, it must seek a search warrant, where- in the US would be a couple of mass casualty upon the companies isolate the information terror strikes on the 9/11 scale. sought and deliver it to an electronic “lockSo let’s definitely have that debate. box” for collection. The Guardian simply Always mindful, however, of two things: got this wrong, and was very slow correct- First, the great enemy isn’t methodology ing itself, while Greenwald himself made but lawlessness. When J. Edgar Hoover characteristically shrill attacks on everybody targeted Martin Luther King, he used not who questioned it. NSA computers but tape recorders the size It’s the difference between me leaving, of electric typewriters. say, my tax return in the mailbox and FBI Two, cyber warfare beats the other kind agents covertly turning my home and office hands down.

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thing; a poisonous snake is different from a poisoned snake, and you’d better not forget it. In the case of DOUG the letters, I think SMITH either modifier would do. Poisonous is an adjective that means “full of or containing poison.” Poisoned is the past tense of a verb that means “to put poison into or upon.” “Generally what happens is that, especially as horses are getting more and more lightly raced, they’re still on the improve – more often, I think, now than they used to be.” On the improve? “Improving” would be shorter and simpler. “THE BLOOD BEAST TERROR – In this gory thriller by legendary director Vernon Sewell, a crazed etymologist dabbles in gruesome experiments that turn his beautiful daughter into a vampire beast with an insatiable lust for blood.” Having done a little crazed etymological dabbling myself, and produced no vampire beasts, I’d bet the father in this movie is an entomologist.


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LT. GOV. MARK DARR. During a tour of the Mayflower oil spill, he told KUAR it appeared ExxonMobil had made the area better than it was before. A JOINT ENDORSEMENT. Democratic candidate for governor Mike Ross and Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor John Burkhalter endorsed each other and pledged to work together should they get elected. Ross promised to

create a “Governor’s Cabinet for Economic Development” to work on job creation as one of his first actions as governor. He said he would name Burkhalter to chair the cabinet. ARKANSAS’S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION. Arkansas’s Republican congressmen, Reps. Tom Cotton, Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin and Steve Womack, voted against a motion by Iraq war veteran Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) that would have added language to the National Defense Appropriation Act to give victims of sexual abuse more options in bringing their abusers to trial. EXXONMOBIL. The state of Arkansas and the federal government jointly filed a civil lawsuit against subsidiaries of ExxonMobil seeking civil penalties and injunctive relief. Part of the lawsuit falls under the Arkansas Hazardous Waste Management Act. According to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), Exxon is storing illegal contaminants near Mayflower in fracking tanks at a site on Highway 36 operated by XTO Energy, an ExxonMobil subsidiary. Teresa Marks, director of ADEQ, said that her agency is concerned that the contaminants are being stored for a duration longer than permitted for hazardous waste.


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Bubblicious WHEN THE OBSERVER’S beloved cat Scout came down with an infection recently, we were struck with two emotions. Sympathy, of course (poor kitty!), but also dread — because administering cat medicine is a shrieking, painful mess of a task liable not just to strain The Observer’s relationship with our pet, but with our better half, a fanatic cat lover unimpressed with The Observer’s tepid cat-wrangling skills. Since cats don’t much like to take medicine — and cats have claws with which to resist — it helps if the stuff is doctored up to be a little more palatable. A little bit of chicken or salmon flavoring helps, well, the medicine go down. Sadly our vet offered up bubblegum-flavored antibiotics. Maybe that works on a human toddler — although come to think of it, The Observer’s own childhood memories of gum-flavored dentistry suggest that anyone, man or beast, responds with disgust to the sweet pink ploy. In any case, if you were wondering, cats really don’t like the taste of bubble gum. One whiff sent Scout to a state of hissing and writhing well above and beyond her standard resistance to unwanted medical care. The Observer hasn’t tasted the medicine ourselves, but based on the odor, the medicine manufacturers really went overboard. The stuff brings a bubblicious sensory assault. At press time, we have administered four of the 10 required doses. The Observer and our better half have matching scratches on our forearms for our trouble. Our new trick is to wrap Scout up in a towel, which helps a little. Since The Observer’s role in the two-person operation is holding her, Scout has begun flashing her teeth and scrambling under the bed as soon as we approach. Cats have short memories, so this will pass in time, and Scout will return to purring affection. As long as we’re not chewing bubble gum. WHILE WE’RE ON THE SUBJECT of four-legged friends: The Observer and daughter were walking the dog

last weekend, watching her lumber down the sidewalk, when the daughter asked out of the blue, “Do you ever think, ‘Wow, I’m bipedal?’ � You know, we never do. But we were inordinately proud that our offspring was pondering the mysteries of our genus. AND SPEAKING OF THE SOMETIMES HAZY LINE between man and beast: Motoring past the corner of 2nd and Cumberland Streets in front of Copper Grill near the River Market the other day, The Observer noticed that the bronze dancing couple that had stood atop a curving steel pedestal there — a welcome piece of public art, meant to beautify this dreary world — had gone A.W.O.L. We’re sad to say that their disappearance is thanks to yet another attack on art in Little Rock. Sculpture in Little Rock gets no respect. Bronzes worth $20,000 were taken from the Vogel Sculpture Garden in Riverfront Park last year, and some of the sculpture was vandalized the year before. A limestone sculpture in front of the Cox Creative Center of the Central Arkansas Library System was pushed over and badly wounded. Remember the pigs that were painted by various artists and placed around town? All defaced, stolen or removed before they could be damaged. Moses Tucker Realty, which manages the 300 W. Third condos at 2nd and Cumberland, took down the dancing couple after seeing that someone had tried to saw if off the pedestal. Only a severed foot remains. The sculpture is being repaired. One reason the sculptures are easy targets is their scale. The dancing couple was small — too small, The Observer once politely pointed that out to Jimmy Moses, who politely told us where to get off. The bronzes in the Vogel garden were small, too, easily wrested from their stands. Those who stole them did so to make a buck off the metals. The stone sculpture at the library — that was just pure dumb meanness. Pitiful.

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Employees and former employees of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs have filed a class action suit in Pulaski County Circuit Court alleging wage and hour violations at the now-closed Little Rock Veterans Home and the incident-plagued Fayetteville Veterans Home. The numbers of people in the class could exceed 50, lawyer John Holleman said. Holleman represents named plaintiffs Darlene Okeke, Debra Jackson, Rita Culberson, Patricia Burton, Sandra Stewart, Linda Hopkins and Peggy Johnson in the suit against ADVA. Their complaint, filed June 12 in Pulaski County Circuit Court, makes several allegations: That they were required to work off the clock and then falsify records to indicate they had not, were not always allowed to take promised compensatory time, and that comp time was awarded on an hour per hour basis rather than the hour and a half that is the rate of pay for overtime. The complaint says the “policy of failing to compensate Plaintiffs for all hours worked” had been in place for more than three years and “is continuing and ongoing.” Plaintiffs are seeking compensatory damages equal to the unpaid back wages at the overtime rates as well going back three years as well as “liquidated damages” (back pay). Holleman said one of the plaintiffs, for example, had accumulated 400 hours of comp time but was not allowed to take a day off to go to her child’s wedding. Management was also deducting a half hour from pay for lunch, he said, though employees had to work through lunch to get their jobs done. He said the facilities were understaffed and “mismanaged.” Holleman said he already has “40 or 50 total plaintiffs,” including a “huge number” from Fayetteville, though the plaintiffs named in the complaint live in Central Arkansas. He said he’ll file a motion for class certification with Circuit Judge Jay Moody, who has been assigned the case. Kelly Ferguson, a spokesperson for the ADVA, said that none of the employees ever filed a complaint at work about the wage issues. Holleman said that employees had complained to supervisors and were not required to file formal complaints. ADVA will be represented by the state Attorney General’s Office. The Fayetteville Veterans Home has been the subject of controversy since at least 2011, when an Office of Long-Term Care report cited numerous violations of standard care, including failure to do wound care, a 26.3 percent medication error rate, failure to treat bedsores, failure to do background checks on 10 employees, failure to provide enough food to a CONTINUED ON PAGE 36 10

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Republicans take on Planned Parenthood, again GOP spars over contract. BY DAVID RAMSEY


ith implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act’s major provisions gearing up in Arkansas, the potential involvement of Planned Parenthood is stirring controversy among Republican lawmakers. The ACA will make subsidized health insurance available to hundreds of thousands of Arkansans starting in January, with enrollment beginning in October. As part of the law, 642 outreach workers, known as “guides,” will work in every county in the state to inform people that they’re eligible for coverage and help them navigate the process of enrollment. The Arkansas Insurance Department (AID) is contracting with various entities in the state — ranging from state agencies to private companies to local community organizations — to hire the guides (at around $12 an hour). Thirty groups applied and were certified by the Office of State Procurement as qualified vendors to provide the guides, including Planned Parenthood. Among the many health services that Planned Parenthood provides is abortion, and Sen. David Sanders (R-Little Rock) and Rep. John Burris (R-Harrison) — who have been working closely with state health officials on implementation of the “private option” for Medicaid expansion passed last April — objected to contracting with the non-profit as a vendor for the guides. “Any honest person has to acknowledge the obvious controversy that comes with an organization like that,” Sanders said. In practice, the guides — who will be trained and licensed by AID, the Department of Higher Education, and the Association of Two-Year Colleges — are restricted to the task of helping eligible people sign up for


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insurance. Guides would not be funded to offer Planned Parenthood’s regular healthcare services, just as guides hired by the Central Arkansas Library (a vendor that was awarded a contract without controversy) will not be shelving books. Nevertheless, Sanders said, “I see their involvement as completely unnecessary. It’s a needless injection of controversy.” Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford decided to delay the contract for Planned Parenthood, even as he went forward with the other groups (of the 30 applicants, 23 have been awarded contracts; three have pending contracts; and three have dropped out). Bradford said that he wanted time to talk to Planned Parenthood and “make sure there was a clear scope of work,” in the hopes of alleviating Republican concerns and establishing that the guide program had nothing to do with abortion. In a phone interview last week, he

said, “I don’t foresee any problem ... I think we’re going to get something worked out with them and we’ll go through the process. It will be at a later time.” Bradford acknowledged that the “emotion involved” explained the extra scrutiny for Planned Parenthood and the additional effort to “clearly define the scope of work.” Funding for 542 of the guides comes fully from a federal grant, while 100 will be funded through the Arkansas Department of Human Services, with the cost split between the state and the feds. The appropriation has already been approved, but it could theoretically be blocked by the Legislative Council in the interim between sessions. “The issue is, do they have a population that needs to be served?” Bradford said of Planned Parenthood. “In my viewpoint they do. We need to have a clearer definition so we don’t have any trouble from conservatives that they think it has anything whatsoever in any way to do with the abortion issue.” Explaining the decision to hold off on a contract, Bradford said, “I’m worried that it will not be understood appropriately. Once it’s made clear I can’t imagine anybody having a problem with it.” However, in response to Bradford’s comments — reported on the Times’ Arkansas Blog — Republican lawmakers took to social media to object. Rep. David Meeks (R-Conway) tweeted that a contract with Planned Parenthood would be “unacceptable” and “I will continue to oppose ANY taxpayer funds going to Planned Parenthood.” Others followed suit: Sen. Jim Hendren (R-Gravette) tweeted “Hiring ‘navigators’ and Planned Parenthood to help spend more of our Grandkid’s money. #Obamacare #selfish” and Sen. Jason CONTINUED ON PAGE 18






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INSIDER, CONT. veteran, and more. In April of this year, four employees were fired for making false statements to the OTLC; they’d said a dementia patient had broken her own arm resisting nurse assistants trying to take a blood sample. At the time, Ferguson was quoted in the Northwest Arkansas Times as saying employees were fearful about speaking up about violations because “If you reported an issue before, sometimes you were put on unpaid leave, no matter what was being investigated.” The Fayetteville home lost its Medicaid and Medicare qualification for a time, but it has been reinstated. The Little Rock home was closed last year after numerous health care and building code violations were found and after several financial irregularities, including an illegal charge to veterans for maintenance fees that totaled nearly $600,000, was discovered.

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Do you know if the city is working on filling in the giant washedout area below the Cliffs Condominiums on the closed section of the Arkansas River Trail? It’s been washed out for a few years now and nothing has been done to repair it. And have there been any new developments to finish the missing section of the trail that is supposed to run behind Dillard’s corporate office?

Good timing, says Assistant Parks Director Mark Webre, on the trail washout question. Building and Utility Contractors Inc. started work Monday on plans to repair the 100-foot gap created after heavy rains caused the hillside to slump in October 2009. The company, selected in a bidding process, will fill the gap with 5,500 cubic yards of riprap, which will be benched into the hillside, and repair and landscape the trail surface. The city is using a grant from FEMA of $616,200 and its 12.5 percent match of $77,025 to pay for the work. The design study was $60,000, which the city matched with $7,500. The initial engineering study was $35,000.

That’s nearly $800,000, a whole lot for a hole, Webre agreed. The city approached FEMA about undergirding a longer section of the trail, but that didn’t fly. The city remains committed to developing the River Trail behind Dillard’s headquarters, property that overlooks the Arkansas River. (Bikers now must use Cantrell Road.) Because Dillard’s has not been warm to the idea of having the trail on its property, the city is considering building a trail on the bluffline, a proposition that could cost between $7 million and $12 million. Webre said money for the project “has been identified” and will have to be approved by the city board of directors. The city would also like to create an offroad portion in Riverdale as well to replace the Riverfront Drive section.

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Josh Duggar — the eldest child of Tontitown’s Duggar family, featured on TLC’s “19 and Counting” — announced on Twitter that he’s taken a job as the executive director of FRC Action, the Family Research Council’s lobbying arm. Duggar, 25, moved to D.C. with his growing family in May. Current “alerts” on the FRC Action website: Abolish the IRS! Soldier punished for serving Chik-fil-A in support of DOMA! Horrors of the late-term abortion industry! FCC seeks to allow nudity on the TV! You get the picture. Meanwhile, some blogs are already asking: How comfortable will Americans be while following Josh around — via TLC’s reality show TV cameras — as he helps spread the good word for an organization that’s been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center?

Darr for the course

While others hope for a thorough investigation of the long-term impacts of the rupturing of ExxonMobil’s Pegasus pipeline in Mayflower, Lt. Gov. Mark Darr reports from the ground. After a tour of cleanup efforts with Mayor Randy Holland, Darr and Holland told KUAR that Mayflower was a more desirable place than before the oil spill and applauded the work of Exxon. “To me the clean-up looks like they’ve done a good job,” Darr said. “But I didn’t just do that from my visual. I did that from speaking to the mayor, hearing his opinions, local businesses, and also local citizens that they’ve kind of made this area even better than what it was before. I definitely think there’s some unanswered questions, but as far as the clean-up goes it looks like that’s been pretty well taken care of.”

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The Big Island Circumnavigation Expedition explored a seldom-seen wilderness and exposed schoolchildren to the beauty and power of nature. BY CHRIS STAUDINGER, MARK PEOPLES AND JOHN RUSKEY




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everal thousand white-beaked coots covered the water when we arrived at the landing at the silky cusp of nightfall. When we shoved off, they did too, with wings over the water that sounded like muffled firecrackers. We left the two-mile harbor of Rosedale, Miss., like four fugitives, under a darkness occasionally broken by the sweep of towboat spotlights. Their propellers churned domes of mud up the narrow channel as they moved the fruits of the rich Delta earth onto riverbound barges. The owl hoots and insect choruses of the forest were covered by motor sounds, beeps, gurgles and men shouting. John and Mike kept near the woods, letting the rushes and bank weeds creak and scratch the bellies of our canoes. The ripply reflection of the towboats covered the water in yellows and reds.

When we made our quick turn up the Mississippi, all went still and dark. The narrow harbor channel expanded into an openness that rivals the ocean. A panorama of nothing but water surrounds you for miles in three directions. Nightfall widened the space even further, beyond the visible. The space absorbed the buzz behind us into motionlessness. And you never would have known that the force of several Niagara Falls was rolling in the water beneath the canoe. We paddled up the quiet river behind frosty breaths and looked for a sandy spot to make a quick camp. Like a rock thrown in the water, the circumnavigation of Big Island had begun, perhaps the first circumnavigation by canoe since this area was abandoned by the Quapaw people.





ig Island is the original Crossroads. It is perhaps the most dynamic mixing place in the Lower Mississippi River Valley, an expansive, watery no-man’s-land carved out by the meeting of three rivers: the White, the Arkansas, and the Mississippi. It creates one of the largest roadless areas in the Mid-South. When any two bodies of water meet, worlds collide and new worlds are born. But Big Island is the unlikely spot where three big rivers come together. Its dirt tells the story of waters that have crossed paths, intertwined, braided, jumped banks, traded mouths, and swapped channels for thousands of years. The result is a labyrinth of water, sediment, and forest, once tangle-y and lawless enough to harbor gamblers, moonshiners, and river pirates. It saw the passage of peoples, from Quapaws to French Voyageurs, from Blue Coats to Red Coats, from pioneers to pilgrims. Today, it’s rife with bears and bugs and great-grandfather trees that make it a perfect playground for adventurers and a perfect classroom for nature-starved kids. John Ruskey and Mike Clark know firsthand the need for experiential learning. And they know Mother Nature’s potential as a powerful teacher. Ruskey, the owner of Clarksdale-based Quapaw Canoe Co., has run an after-school apprenticeship program for 15 years. He lets the Mississippi River teach his “Mighty Quapaws” the lessons that their underserved neighborhoods might leave off. Clark, a veteran educator, began his career in a Chicago high school in the 1980s, where he bore witness to two decades of inner-city violence. After GIANTS: 500-year-old Louisiana bald cypress trees.

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BIG ISLAND EXPEDITION TEAM: Tristan Honeycutt, Oscar Donaby, Mark Peoples, John Ruskey and Mike Clark.

relocating to St. Louis, he found a sparkling-fresh classroom to teach in: the Mighty Mississippi. Ruskey and Clark teamed up in 2002 with the Big River and Circumnavigation projects to get the feet of our next generation muddier. “Leave No Child on Shore” could be their credo. Their first collaboration was a 2,500-mile odyssey down the Missouri River in a dugout canoe. Since then, they’ve organized yearly expeditions around a chosen geographic landscape that would be broadcast into classrooms. With solar energy and satellite Internet, the environment and the classroom come together, and students can join the expedition as virtual voyageurs through photos, writings, water-quality samples, and GPS mapping from the field. The kids see their hometown river through a lens that beautifies it rather than demonizes it. The program is growing with new support this year from the nonprofit Lower Mississippi River Foundation and its partner organizations. Two hun14

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dred fifth- and sixth-graders from KIPP Delta College Preparatory School in Helena joined their colleagues from St. Ann Catholic School in St. Louis, which piloted the project. The students followed the four explorers, as well as an imaginary story-telling turtle named Toby, from camp to camp around the island. Two Mighty Quapaw apprentices from the KIPP Delta Collegiate High School, Oscar Donaby and Tristan Honeycutt, would meet us at Arkansas Post, midway through the circular journey around Big Island, and see for themselves what life on the river really looks like.



e made sure to wait until daylight to reach the mouth of the Arkansas River. The crossing from one river into another is a visual journey not to be missed in darkness. The first thing you notice, as you enter the mouth, is the change of water

colors. A swirling, dividing line forms between a turbulent line of curls, whirls, boils, and other slippery motions, like the collision of cloud systems. Everything the Arkansas touches has a reddish tint. Its sand is fiery. Its clay is maroon. Its bluffs are like red curtains cascading from the green walls of the forest beyond. The silt in the water beneath us was carried there from the yellow plains, red hills, and rusty mountains of Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico, as was the ground in the banks beneath our feet. In 2011, Ruskey saw an entire forest fall into the water here, as the river carved itself a new path behind Cat Island to its confluence with the Mississippi. You can see signs of these fallen forests everywhere along the bluffs of the Arkansas — a tornadic destruction of limbs and roots and falling rock. But the remarkable thing about these felled trees is the fact that the steep, cut banks exist in the first place. Most rivers have been hemmed in by levees, rock piles,

or blankets of concrete, but the last 43 miles of the Arkansas River is a roller coaster of wild twists and turns. The river is free to be wild, and the dangling, muddy rootballs make that plain to see. We paddled the first 22 miles along these banks, staring up at the ornate sand castles carved by wind and water. The abundance of wildlife surprised us: a healthy population of bald eagles, snowy egrets, great blue herons and marsh hawks. Herds of white-tailed deer thrive here; evidence of feral hogs is spread throughout Big Island. Packs of coyotes roam the island, and we saw tracks that seemed to be made by big cats, maybe the legendary red panther (cougar) that once claimed the top of the predator pyramid. This is bear country, but we only saw remnants of old bear dung. It was February, so perhaps they were still in hibernation. As we paddled through a steady, cold wind and showers of sleet and ice, big flocks of ducks congregated around every bend. Scaups erupted from every point and

every marsh. It felt like an African safari. Two juvenile bald eagles greeted us at the small inlet that would be our first base camp. We took refuge under a steep cut bank bordered with mature willows. We took turns nursing the fire, exploring the terrain, and writing to the students. Several kids used the trip to explore sustainability, so we used the scene around us to show that humanity, even with technology, can survive more simply. Rainwater dripped from our shelter into bowls and replenished our freshwater supply. Solar panels charged the computers we typed on. Food scraps were buried in a hole that one day would foster new growth. After lunch that afternoon, we found a human on Big Island. We hadn’t planned to see many until we picked up KIPP students Oscar and Tristan in Arkansas Post. He came slowly out of

the gray haze, checking his nets, and a flock of mallards flew in formation over his head. We walked over to greet him as he idled into the bay. In a deep Arkansas drawl, he yelled, “Y’all picked a fine day for camping!” and lumbered over the piles of catfish, carp, and buffalo that covered the hull of his boat. He wore full waders and a heavy rain slicker. We shook his hardened, wet hands, and he told us about how family fishing operations are disappearing because the work is so hard. We discussed the health and future of the river and told him about our educational initiative and the importance of passing our stewardship of the rivers down to the next generation. He boasted, “I have a 16-year-old daughter who can clean 80 pounds of fish in five minutes!” CONTINUED ON PAGE 16




PREPPED: Mark Peoples getting ready for “The Crossing” of the Arkansas into the drainage of the White.


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That’s where we come in.

CLASS AT STORM CAMP: Mike Clark, Tristan Honeycutt and Oscar Donaby.



s we moved up the Arkansas, the water flow increased as the dam near Arkansas Post released more water with the rain runoff. Logging and water infrastructure operations along the river became more prevalent with protected wildlife areas in between. One sign said, “No Bear Hunting Past This Point.” Islands of water hyacinth, an invasive species, floated down the river as we approached the dam. When the water got too shallow, we cordelled over the shoals in the spirit of the French fur trappers, dragging our canoes upstream by their lead lines. One of the special things about the places where waters mix is that people often mix there too. Arkansas Post is the human result of the confluence of these three rivers. The Quapaw nation was formed when a group of

Sioux broke away to follow the Mississippi River rather than paddle upriver toward the Great Plains. Their name literally means “Downstream People,” and they eventually settled at the northern tip of Big Island, recognizing how special and strategically important the place was. The French did the same and established a trading post there in 1686 known as Arkansas Post, the oldest European settlement west of the river. Later, the Spanish came and eventually an American flag and finally us, perhaps the first time this island was paddled in a complete loop since the relocation of the gentle Downstream People in the 1830s. We made our resupply camp at Arkansas Post, courtesy of John Fewkes, manager of the Quapaw Outpost in Helena. He called us in through the darkness with his ceremonial drum to the boat ramp below the dam. The KIPP Environmental Education class visited

the park the next day. They dropped off Tristan, 16, and Oscar, 18, at the resupply camp. Their classmates said goodbye with looks that alternated between pity and jealousy.



e’re not sure who first called Monday’s paddle “the crossing,” but as the day’s progress gathered momentum, the two words gained a mysterious, biblical weight. “The crossing,” everyone said in a lowered voice, anxious to see the different river that awaited us on the other side, anxious for downstream water. The gateway is a long navigation canal with two lock-and-dam structures that regulate water levels for towboats navigating between the Arkansas and the White. Our heads had to crane all the way back to take in the first lock. These megastructures are built for massive barges and hung above our canoes like concrete grizzly bears. Tristan’s and Oscar’s eyebrows lifted. “Cool.” It seems silly that such a dominating structure would be operated by a doorbell. When Ruskey asked Tristan to pull the chain to notify the lockmaster, Tristan smirked. He jolted back a bit when the train-worthy horn rang out. A man appeared on the top of the gates, a mixture of Wilson from “Home Improvement” and the Gatekeeper of Oz. He told us we couldn’t pass because of barge traffic at the other end of the canal. We told him about the storms. We told him we needed to find a camp. He shook his head, grinning: “Those storms ain’t coming till the morning.” Clark and Ruskey were persistent. Then they threw the weight of 2,000 schoolkids on the lockmaster’s shoulders. He said, “I’ll check with the lockmaster at Number 2.” He came back, and said, “Let me get my chambers emptied. Stay to the right.” We stayed to the right and found at last the milky water of the White River. Our storm camp was tucked comfortably between two hills in an otherwise flat floodplain, only five miles from the Mississippi River. We realized that after a week’s worth of paddle strokes, we were only a short walk across a levee from our first storm camp near Owen’s Lake. We staked down our tents and hunkered down for more rain. The wind howled, and the trees bent low. Lightning strobed across the sky. At the fire the next morning, curious about how urban newcomers would weather such a storm in the backcountry, we asked Tristan and Oscar how they slept.

“Pretty good,” one said. “Fine,” said the other casually. And they went back to their breakfast. Of all the things we explored on Big Island, the most mysterious might have been the teenage brain. It seemed that their faces and actions told the stories that they otherwise kept hidden. They took photos of each other in a rustedout VW Bug. They joked when we found a weathered school bus that once served as a hunting camp. When they came across a fallen giant in the woods, they scanned the trunk from root to canopy. When we left the storm camp, Ruskey led us into a cavern of cypress knees and roots. Oscar’s and Tristan’s faces glowed, like they knew they had accomplished something. They had. Their paddle strokes smoothed out, and their canoes tracked straighter. When we came to the end of the White River and the trees opened up, they were amazed by the vastness of the Mississippi.



hen we tell people about our canoe trips on the Mississippi, we get looks of worry and disapproval. We are told about dangerous riptides and dirty water, maelstroms and whirlpools. And the closer the person lives to the river, the dirtier the water, the stronger the riptides, and the more disapproving their faces become. We wish people told the other kinds of stories about the Big River — the tales of adventure and discovery — because that’s what we see in the Mississippi. We see it as a godlike, vine-draped wilderness beyond any imagined national park. Its sandbars and islands are full of fossils, wildlife, wild people, and stories — stories like the wreck of the steamer Victor. In 1907, it sank in the northern region of Big Island. We visited the wreck, which stuck out of the muddy river bank like a dino-skeleton. Oscar and Tristan gazed in amazement. Through a virtual connection, thousands of kids also had the opportunity to feel the amazement of that old steamboat wreck. They realized that their rivers are not full of trash but full of wild worlds awaiting their discovery. With the circumnavigation project, schools didn’t need a bus, permission slips, or insurance policies to connect kids with the environment. Their curiosity could be sparked with the touch of a smart phone. With that connection, a future generation of more responsible stewards of the environment seems like a downstream paddle.


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Rapert (R-Conway) tweeted, “I have advised Ins. Comm. Bradford that if he pushes for funding of Planned Parenthood as navigators — all momentum will stop” and “I am sick and tired of taxpayer dollars being funneled to the number one abortion provider in our nation. It is wrong.” Officials from Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, which has locations in Fayetteville and Little Rock, along with Iowa, Nebraska, and Oklahoma, told the Times that they wanted to participate because the guides program “will increase access to the ACA and reduce the number of uninsured Arkansans. Planned Parenthood plays a critical role in reaching the families who need affordable health care the most.” Tens of thousands of people have contact with the organization both at clinics and at outreach programs in the community — half of them are at or below the federal poverty level, and another 14 percent are between 100 and 200 percent of FPL. Planned Parenthood spends around $300,000 a year in uncompensated care here in Arkansas. “For the guide program to work, we need people who are trusted advisors of diverse populations,” Exchange Director Cynthia Crone said. “We know that there is a group that goes to Planned Parenthood that is uninsured, that is there — they could connect with them and we could get them insured. Our objective is to get as many people enrolled as we can.” “[Planned Parenthood] has a population, a lot of young people that are going to need to understand how to get this coverage,” Bradford said. “I didn’t want to get bogged down on a political, emotional issue when it does not apply to that. It’s too important. We need to reach that population, it’s too important a process.” Sanders countered that “there are plenty of other organizations that are serving the purpose that was intended for the guides program. [Planned Parenthood] just doesn’t fit. People get healthcare services from a myriad of places. We have a number of programs that cater to the uninsured and the underinsured. I don’t think finding [other groups] is a problem.” In practice, however, attracting vendors to participate in the guides program has proven difficult. The AID reached out to 7,000 organizations in an attempt to find vendors, including churches, health clinics, not-for-profits, libraries, rotary clubs, businesses and chambers of commerce. They held information and recruitment

sessions and advertised across the state. All of that produced 30 applications, three of which were withdrawn. Bradford met with Planned Parenthood’s Legal and Public Policy director last Friday to discuss the possibility of additional language in a potential contract to make it as explicit as possible that guide activities won’t be connected to abortion in any way. Bradford said that Planned Parenthood will “submit some more specific wording on what their mission would be.” However, Sanders said that attempts to tighten a potential contract amounted to “engaging it — literally injecting controversy into something that shouldn’t be controversial.” He warned that lawmakers would object to Planned Parenthood’s involvement no matter how explicit the rules. “The legislature has a clear role to play in this,” he said. “It’s just not going to happen.” “My hope is that Planned Parenthood will realize that and withdraw,” Sanders continued. “They obviously know who they are and they also know the controversy that they carry. I would think that if they’re thinking of the greater good ... their involvement is unnecessary.” Planned Parenthood has no plans to withdraw at this point, telling the Times, “We believe that Planned Parenthood of the Heartland is a qualified contractor in the state of Arkansas. ... We will continue to provide information as best we can to move this process forward.” If the state refuses to contract with Planned Parenthood, it would face the potential for a legal challenge. “It would appear to raise viewpoint discrimination problems under the First Amendment,” said Teresa Biener, law professor at the University of Arkansas Little Rock. Sanders said that even if there was a constitutional issue, he did not think that Planned Parenthood would bring a lawsuit. “Would they really do that?” he asked. “That seems kind of silly.” Asked about the legal question, Planned Parenthood responded, “We cannot speculate about the legal ramifications of a decision that may or may not be made. We are working to the best of our ability to provide any and all information needed so that we will be approved as a vendor.” By Monday, Bradford was a bit more cautious in his outlook. He said it was unclear whether AID would go forward with a contract with Planned Parenthood or not. “We haven’t made any agreement at this stage,” he said. “We’ll see what they submit.”


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ast month, while in town for the Little Rock Film Festival, Hollywood producer and Little Rock native Brad Simpson politely declined to talk about the famously troubled production of “World War Z,” the Brad Pitt-starring international zombie thriller that opens in theaters on Friday. During the four years Simpson worked as an executive producer on the film, he reportedly had to deal with a ballooning budget, escalating tension between Pitt and director Marc Forster, last minute rewrites and reshoots, sets filled with as many as 1,500 cast and crew and a Hungarian counterterrorism unit that seized weapons slated to be used in a climactic battle scene that Hungarian officials said weren’t fully disarmed. Those details were revealed in the cover story of the June edition of Vanity Fair, which hit newsstands a few days before

SIMPSON AND HAYES: At last month’s Little Rock Film Festival.

Simpson arrived in Little Rock. “I can’t say anything on the record about that stuff,” Simpson said. “All I’ll say is I’m really excited about ‘World War

Z.’ The movie is really great.” Despite Hollywood’s love of schadenfreude, his optimism might be well founded. Early reviews have been respectable to positive, though the film will need a strong opening weekend to make up its reported $400 million cost. If it does prove successful, it’ll be the latest in a remarkable run for Simpson, perhaps the least-known most successful Hollywood player from Arkansas. Simpson grew up in the Quapaw Quarter. He spent a lot of time at the Territorial Restoration (now the Historic Arkansas Museum) and the Arkansas Arts Center’s Children Theatre, where he did summer theater academy and was part of a production of “Lord of the Flies.” He credits his time at the children’s theater — and the advent of the consumer VCR — as what sparked his desire to work in film.

“It showed me that there was something creative I could do on a bigger stage.” Simpson would’ve been in the 1991 graduating class of Little Rock Central, but his family moved to New York before his junior year. It’s hard to point to missteps in his CV after Arkansas: After college at Brown, he spent eight years producing for the New York-based independent production company Killer Films, where he worked on the likes of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” “Boys Don’t Cry” and “Far from Heaven.” A desire to make bigger movies sent him to L.A., where he ran Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way during the making of “The Departed” and “Blood Diamonds.” But after three years of serving as an executive, he wanted to return to hands-on production. “I feel most happy when I’m on a set or moving towards production as opposed to when I’m sitting behind a desk talking about something that might happen or trying to figure out a deal,” he said. After Appian Way, he made a splash with the three “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” movies based on the massively popular children’s book franchise. The books and movies were such hits, Simpson said, because they’re honest. “It’s basically Larry David in middle school. They’re honest about how ugly middle school is. Nobody looks back at middle school and says those were the best years of my life.” Simpson worked on the “Wimpy Kid” films with Nina Jacobson, a former production head at Disney, and last year became a partner in Jacobson’s Color Force production company, home to “Hunger Games” franchise. In a panel discussion at the film festival, moderator Courtney Pledger asked Simpson how he defines the often nebulous role of a producer. “I believe the producer is someone who protects the movie, who’s the guardian of the film,” he said. “It often starts with finding the material or helping develop the material. Pulling together the cast and financing. Guarding the film through production and then taking it through post [production]. I think a real producer is putting a protective shield over the film, protecting it at times from the filmmaker, protecting it at times from the studio, and keeping the train going and thinking and worrying about the movie at all time. Their agenda should just be I CONTINUED ON PAGE 30

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GOOD NEWS FOR LUCERO FANS: THE ANNUAL LUCERO FAMILY PICNIC is back. Most years it took place in Batesville, but it’ll be moving on down the road a bit to Little Rock on Aug. 10 at First Security Amphitheatre (formerly Riverfest Amphitheatre). Here’s what we know so far: The great Wanda Jackson will be performing. Lucero will play “Tennessee” in its entirety. Jeff Nichols, brother to Lucero frontman Ben Nichols and director of “Mud” and “Take Shelter,” will be doing his part to put the “family” in Lucero Family Picnic with a Q&A, which should be interesting. Tickets are going to be $35-$57 and they’re on sale now at PHOTOGRAPHER GRAV WELDON, WHO BRAVED THE MUD and crazy storms of Wakarusa two weeks ago, provides the Times with shots from the very, very, very different festival that took place at that same venue the next weekend. That would be Thunder on the Mountain, of course, and from what he sent, it looks like a boot-scootin’ good time was had by all. Weldon got shots of Arkansas native Justin Moore duded out in all-Razorbacks attire, Gretchen Wilson, Colt Ford and one of Toby Keith that has all of the things that make him Toby Keith: cowboy hat, red Solo cup, product endorsement, explosions. Check them out at totm.

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‘THE NEW 22’

6:30 p.m., MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History. Free.

Back in January, when the Arkansas Literary Festival slate of authors was announced, perhaps you scanned it and seized onto “The New 22,” featuring hotshot novelists David Abrams (“Fobbit”) and Ben Fountain (“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”) and marked it

as a “must-attend.” Then you noticed in the small print that, strangely, the event wasn’t scheduled until two months after the literary festival. Well, two months has come and gone. The event’s still a must-attend. I haven’t read “Fobbit,” but it was one of the best-reviewed books of last year. It’s set in a military base in Baghdad (“fobbit” is slang for a soldier stationed at a

Forward Operating Base who avoids combat by hanging at the base). Abrams draws on his experience as an activeduty Army journalist. “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” is one of the best books I’ve read. Lots of other people agree. It won this year’s National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and was a finalist for the National Book Award last year. It’s about the surviving

members of a group of Iraq War soldiers who’ve become minor celebrities after video of them in a firefight with insurgents goes viral. They’ve been sent home for a Victory Tour that culminates with an appearance at a Dallas Cowboys game on Thanksgiving Day. It’s a darkly funny satire written with more style and insight than anything in recent memory. LM



7:30 p.m. Inspiration Point. $20-$25.

Opera lovers of Arkansas, one of your favorite seasons has rolled around once more: Opera in the Ozarks. Situated at the stunning Inspiration Point near Eureka Springs, Opera in the Ozarks is an annual intensive month-long training program for aspiring opera professionals that culminates with a month of performances of some of the most beloved works in the world. There are typically three different productions each season. For 2013, audiences can enjoy Gaetano Donizet-

ti’s “The Elixir of Love,” one of the mostperformed operas ever written; “Madama Butterfly,” Puccini’s tale of love and betrayal, and Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic classic “The Pirates of Penzance.” The season kicks off Friday with “Madama Butterfly” and continues this week with “The Pirates of Penzance” on Saturday and “Elixir of Love” on Tuesday. The season runs through July 19. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. at Inspiration Point, with one-time performances of each opera at Bentonville’s Arend Arts Center on June 30, July 7 and July 14. RB



9:30 p.m. Juanita’s. $25 adv., $30 day of.

MUSIC IS THE WEAPON: The Body plays at White Water Tavern Thursday.



9:30 p.m. White Water Tavern.

The Body’s been out on the road for a minute now, or, well more like several weeks to be accurate. The dudes also somehow made time to stop off at their buddies’ studio Machines with Magnets to record three full-length albums, including one that’s going to be released on the Thrill Jockey label, which is also home to Barn Owl, Guardian Alien, The Skull Defekts and many other totally 22

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badass artists, so good work guys! The Body’s latest release, the EP “Master We Perish,” is boss. I really dig how they go into some seriously Neurosis-esque territory for a sec on the last third of the nearly 10-minute closer “Worship.” The whole thing is really killer though, and points to more great stuff to come. Oh yeah, for all of you The Body newbies, make sure to bring some earplugs. Openers Iron Tongue and Mothwind are gonna tenderize y’all. Should be a good’n. RB

It’s just not every day that you get a realdeal living legend playing in town. I mean, even if the blues isn’t your jam, you’ve got to admit that Johnny Winter is a badass. For my money, Winter eclipsed most of his guitar-god peers in some pretty important ways. Neither Jeff Beck nor Eric Clapton came close to capturing the raw sound and emotion that Winter conjured from his instrument. His playing was fluid and sophisticated (“Be Careful with a Fool”), but could also be real nasty when called for (“Silver Train,” “Fast Life Rider”). Winter’s latest album is “Roots,” which finds the guitar slinger teaming up with a who’swho of current blues virtuosos, including Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Warren Haynes, as well as his brother Edgar Winter and a host of others. As you might surmise from the title, it’s a collection of blues classics, with tracks by T-Bone Walker, Jimmy Reed, Elmore James, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and others. Critic Steve

WINTER JAM: Johnny Winter plays at Juanita’s Friday night.

Leggett wrote of the album: “He sings here as well as he ever has and his guitar playing is powerful and brilliant, like it always is, and he’s diving into songs and material that he’s always emulated — the end result is a coherently shaped, explosive, vibrant, and joyous set of Winter at his best doing what he loves the best.” Sounds awesome. Don’t miss this one folks. Opening the show will be Steve Hester & DejaVooDoo, Low Society and Joecephus & The George Jonestown Massacre. RB


THURSDAY 6/20 Juanita’s has some buzz-y indie rock, with Brooklyn pop outfit Companion and psychedelic Oklahomans The Evangelicals. Locals Ten Sentences opens the show, 9 p.m., and hey, it’s $3! It’s going to be a “’90s Throwback Concert” at The Joint, with Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers, 8:30 p.m., $10-$15. Pop singer/songwriter Shining Rae is back in town for an allages show. She’ll be showcasing new material, Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $11. Singer/songwriter Daniel Amedee might be from New Orleans, but his sound is “more King Crimson than King Oliver, more Mars Volta than Mardi Gras.” Also on the bill: Gold Beneath the Highway and James Rose, Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free.



9 p.m. Clear Channel Metroplex. $30-$100.

It’s been a good couple weeks for local fans of Memphis hip-hop legends Three 6 Mafia. Longtime affiliate Project Pat was in town last week, and now comes Juicy J, who, along with fellow Three 6 founder DJ Paul, is arguably one of the most important figures in Southern rap. Oh yeah, he also won an Academy Award for “It’s Hard out Here for a Pimp.” That was crazy. Anyways, Juicy J notched another hit with last summer’s “Bandz a Make Her Dance” (feat. Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz and produced by Mike WiLL Made It) on Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang label. There’s an album pending, “Stay Trippy,” his third solo record. Its release date has moved around a bit, but it’ll have tracks with Yelawolf, Young Jeezy and The Weeknd. Also on this bill, fellow Memphis rapper Young Dolph along with Lil Cam, Kronic and Beatking. RB


THREE 6 GURU: Juicy J comes to Clear Channel Metroplex Saturday.



8 p.m. The Phoenix (formerly Rogue). $25 adv., $30 door.

To be honest, the more I think about this, the more I feel really conflicted about it. There might not be another band that was as important as Black Flag was in my own personal development as a very angry young man. “The First Four Years” and “Damaged” were just earth-shatteringly important records for me and no doubt for many thousands of other very angry young men as well. I still get ultra-pumped up hearing “Revenge” and “Thirsty and Miserable” and “Depression” even now, nearly two decades after I first heard them. I missed Black Flag in the band’s heyday. Being anywhere from 1-8 years old at

the time, I was not exactly ready to tear it up in ye olde moshe pitte. As such, I always had to endure these stories from the older punkers in Fayetteville about how they’d seen the band “back in ’86 maaan.” (In retrospect, at least a couple of these people were way too young to have gone to the show and were just lying). So the idea of Black Flag touring in 2013 and playing in Fayetteville is beyond weird. And when you consider the fact that another iteration of the band — called simply Flag — is also touring, well, it gets … I don’t know, it’s just weird. Henry Rollins, in what I believe to be a wise and classy move, is staying out of all of this reunion business. In a 2011 interview, he told Nardwuar that “since Gregg Ginn has never paid any member of Black Flag a royalty, or

given any member of Black Flag even a royalty statement, I think there’s probably quite a bit of animosity between himself and some of the band members. There are some of these people who are owed money. If anything, they’re at least owed an accounting. I mean that’s just good principle.” He’s right. And maybe that’s one reason why I’m unable to get excited about Black Flag in 2013. Ginn gets to cash in and call Flag “the ‘fake’ Flag band currently covering the songs of Black Flag in an embarrassingly weak ‘mailing it in’ fashion,” all the while those guys and Husker Du and Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth and other bands that released albums on his SST Records are still owed money. Or at least an accounting. Ginn’s other band, Good For You, opens. RB

the band was much more than a one-hit wonder. There’s “C30, C60, C90, Go,” the ode to the beloved blank cassette (“Now I don’t need no album rack / I carry my collection over my back”) and “Do You Wanna Hold Me?” (Answer: Yes, Annabella Lwin, yes we do). And

then you’ve got Gene Loves Jezebel, the undisputed masters of goth-lite guitar rock (“Desire” and “Jealous” were hits). For rockers of a certain vintage, this bill will be a ticket straight back to mascarastreaked early ’80s pop heaven. The Big Dam Horns open the show. RB



8 p.m. Juanita’s. $15 adv., $20 day of.

Everybody knows Bow Wow Wow’s cover of the ’60s garage rock nugget “I Want Candy,” and rightfully so; it’s a perfect slice of punky early ’80s pop. But

Bluesboy Jag & the Juke Joint Zombies bring the dobros, Delta blues and cigar-box guitars to The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. If something a little heavier and mosh-ier is what your ears are looking for, check out A Darkend Era, The Order of Elijah, Buried With Rome and Abandon the Artifice, Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $5. Texas native Ryan Cabrera brings some pop-flavored singer/songwriter fare to Stickyz, with Jason Castro and Deleasa, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. Down in Spa City, The Foul Play Cabaret has what’s sure to be an eyebrow-raising evening of buxom burlesque, Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $12 door.

SATURDAY 6/22 Arkansas natives Canopy Climbers perform at an album release show for their album “Miles.” Openers are Midwest Caravan, Knox Hamilton and Futuro Boots, all-ages, Revolution, 9 p.m., $6. Or maybe some ska/ punk from down under is more what you’re in the market for. In that case, check out The Resignators at the 8-Bit Taproom (it’s below the Professor Bowl), all-ages, 10 p.m., $5. Up in Fayetteville, critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Slaid Cleaves performs at 324 Ballroom, 8 p.m., $20. Discovery Nightclub hosts “Summer Glow,” a glow-stick, orb and hoop party, with Big Brown, Kichen, Danny Enzo, g-force, Dominique Sanchez & The Disco Dolls and more, 9 p.m.-5 a.m., $10.

SUNDAY 6/23 Old Crow Medicine Show brings its bluegrass/old-timey/folk/rock hybrid to Fayetteville’s Arkansas Music Pavilion for a weather-related makeup concert, 6 p.m., $32-$47.

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“The New 22.” With authors Ben Fountain and David Abrams. MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, 6:30 p.m. 503 E. 9th St. 376-4602.



WILD! Summer Arts Camps: “Let’s Rock.” Music, art and drama camp for children ages 6-11. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, 9 a.m.-noon., $150. 20919 Denny Road.


“ ’90s Throwback Concert.” With Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers. The Joint, 8:30 p.m., $10-$15. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-3720205. The Body, Iron Tongue, Mothwind. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W 7th St. 501-375-8400. Companion, The Evangelicals, Ten Sentences. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $3. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Daniel Amedee, Gold Beneath the Highway, James Rose. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Danny Green. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www. Eric Sardinas. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $10. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. “Inferno.” DJs play pop, electro, house and more, plus drink specials and $1 cover before 11 p.m. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Jocko Deal. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m., free. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Karaoke. Zack’s Place, 8 p.m. 1400 S. University Ave. 501-664-6444. Karaoke with Kevin & Cara. MacDaddy’s Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 314 N. Maple St., NLR. Karaoke with Larry the Table Guy. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Krush Thursdays with DJ Kavaleer. Club Climax, free before 11 p.m. 824 W. Capitol. 501-554-3437. Mayday By Midnight (headliner), Dean Agus (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. Michael Eubanks. Newk’s Express Cafe, 6:30 p.m. 4317 Warden Road, NLR. 501-753-8826. New Music Test. Revolution, 9 p.m., $5 21 and older, $10 20 and younger. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Open jam with The Port Arthur Band. Parrot Beach Cafe, 9 p.m. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. PatSmack, #Greatkay, K.O.H., KB & Guests. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Puddin and Susan Gibson. Thirst n’ Howl, 8 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www. RockUsaurus. Senor Tequila, 7-9 p.m. 10300 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-224-5505. www. Shining Rae. All-ages. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $11. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Stephen Chopek, Burt Logger, MildRiot. Allages. 8-Bit Taproom, 10 p.m., $5. 901 Towne Oaks Drive. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., 24

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Sustainability Weekend. Arkansas Craft School and Meadowcreek LINKPROJECT classes at Tomahawk Creek Farm, 10 miles southeast of Mountain View, include earth oven building, dyeing, organic skincare, fermented foods,straw bale gardening, hydroponics. Check websites for more information. Mountain View square, through July 2. Mountain View, Mountain View. 870-269-8397. www.arkansascraftschool. org;



POOLSIDE: Pop-country stars Little Big Town roll into the Spa City for a show at Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater Saturday, June 22, 8 p.m., $50-$60. free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474.


Mark Poolos. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.


2013 National Underground Railroad Conference. The theme for this year’s conference is The War for Freedom: The Underground Railroad during the Civil War. Doubletree Hotel, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., $25-$250. 424 W. Markham. 402661-1590. Annual Serving Up Solutions. Four-course dinner, live and silent auctions to benefit the Arkansas

Hunger Relief Alliance. Call 501-399-9999 for tickets. Governor’s Mansion, 6:30-9 p.m., $150. 1800 Center St. Antique/Boutique Walk. Shopping and live entertainment. Downtown Hot Springs, third Thursday of every month, 4 p.m., free. Artosphere Festival Orchestra Pub Crawl. 6 p.m., free. Dickson and West streets, Fayetteville. Woodlawn Farmer’s Market. Shoppes on Woodlawn, 4:30 p.m. 4523 Woodlawn. 501666-3600.


POETluck. Literary salon and potluck. The Writer’s Colony at Dairy Hollow, third Thursday of every month, 6 p.m. 515 Spring St., Eureka Springs. 479-253-7444.



Aces Wild. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m., $7. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Artosphere Festival Orchestra: “An Evening of Beethoven.” Walton Arts Center, 7 p.m., $10-$25. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479443-5600. Bluesboy Jag & the Juke Joint Zombies. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. Dance night, with DJs, drink specials and bar menu, until 2 a.m. 1620 Savoy, 10 p.m. 1620 Market St. 501-2211620. A Darkend Era, The Order of Elijah, Buried With Rome, Abandon the Artifice. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $5. 211 W. Capitol. 501-3761819. The Death of Michael Goodrich, Yell County Knife Fight. Vino’s, 9 p.m., $5. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. Fire & Brimstone Duo. Montego Cafe, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. Foul Play Cabaret. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $12 door. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www. Friday night at Sway. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Joecephus. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. Johnny Winter, Steve Hester & DejaVooDoo, Low Society, Joecephus & The George Jonestown Massacre. Juanita’s, 9:30 p.m., $25 adv., $30 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501372-1228. Juicy J, Young Dolph, Lil Cam, Kronic, Beatking, JoJo Everythangs, Cain da Ladiesman. Clear Channel Metroplex, 9 p.m., $30-$100. 10800 Col. Glenn Road. 501-217-5113. Katmandu (headliner), Lyle Dudley (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. Mayday By Midnight. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford.

501-224-7665. Moonshine Mafia. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. No Commercials. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Ryan Cabrera, Jason Castro, Deleasa. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Synergy, DJ Sleepy Genius. Montego Cafe, 8:30 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Thomas East. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, June 21-22, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501324-2999. “YOLO.” Featuring four DJs and beach volleyball, 18-and-older. Flying DD, $5. 4601 S. University. 501-773-9990.


The Main Thing: “Wiener Day at the Rollercade.” Original two-act play from The Joint’s resident comedy troupe. The Joint, 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-3720205. Mark Poolos. The Loony Bin, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501228-5555.


Salsa Night. Begins with a one-hour salsa lesson. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $5 from before 10 p.m., $8 after 10 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228.


2013 National Underground Railroad Conference. See June 20. Annual Taste Of Compassion. Benefit to support the West Africa AIDS Foundation and the Shekinah clinic in Ghana. Includes Ghanaian cuisine, African bazaar and more. Call 501-2245613 for ticket info. Indian Hills Church, 6-9 p.m., $35. 6801 JFK Blvd., NLR. 501-835-2838. LGBTQ/SGL Youth and Young Adult Group. Diverse Youth for Social Change is a group for LGBTQ/SGL and straight ally youth and young adults age 14 to 23. For more information, call 244-9690 or search “DYSC” on Facebook. 800 Scott St., 6:30 p.m. 800 Scott St. “The Longest Day.” All-day bridge event beginning at 6:30 a.m., with the final game starting at 7 p.m. Games are $3 each, except for 7 p.m. game which is $5.50. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. No partner needed. Little Rock Duplicate Bridge Club, 6:30 a.m. 7415 Indiana Ave. 501-454-6085. Main Street Food Truck Fridays. Capitol and Main, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Main Street. “Thumbs Up For Fashion.” Philander Smith College, 7 p.m. 900 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive.


WILD! Summer Arts Camps: “Let’s Rock.” Music, art and drama camp for children ages 6-11. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, 9 a.m.-noon., $150. 20919 Denny Road.


Sustainability Weekend. See June 20.



Artosphere Festival Orchestra: “Skyspace Night/Journey to the Solstice.” Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 6:30 p.m., free. 600 Museum Way, Bentonville. 479-418-5700. Backroad Anthem. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $7. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Betse Ellis and Violet Hensley. Ozark Folk Center State Park, 7 p.m., $7-$12. 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View. Black Flag, Good For You. The Phoenix, 8 p.m., $25 adv., $30 door. 402 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-571-5200. Canopy Climbers (album release), Midwest Caravan, Knox Hamilton, Futuro Boots. Allages. Revolution, 9 p.m., $6. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. See June 21. Cody Jasper. Bear’s Den Pizza, 8:30 p.m., free. 235 Farris Road, Conway. 501-328-5556. www. Cutty Rye. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. Gary Martini & The Highballs. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Gumbo ce Soir. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. 2500 W 7th St. 501-375-8400. Jet 420. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. www. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. Karaoke. Casa Mexicana, 7 p.m. 6929 JFK Blvd., NLR. 501-835-7876. Karaoke with Kevin & Cara. All-ages, on the restaurant side. Revolution, 9 p.m.-12:45 a.m., free. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. K.I.S.S. Saturdays. Featuring DJ Silky Slim. Dress code enforced. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-492-9802. Little Big Town. Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater, 8 p.m., $50-$60. 1701 E. Grand Ave., Hot Springs. Pickin’ Porch. Bring your instrument. All ages welcome. Faulkner County Library, 9:30 a.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. The Resignators. All-ages. 8-Bit Taproom, 10 p.m., $5. 901 Towne Oaks Drive. Rustenhaven (headliner), Bass and Brown (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. Singer/Songwriters Showcase. Parrot Beach Cafe, 2-7 p.m., free. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Slaid Cleaves. 324 Ballroom, 8 p.m., $20. 324 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-527-6865. https:// The Southern Renaissance, The Paranormals, The See. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. “Summer Glow.” Glow stick, orb and hoop party,

with Big Brown, Kichen, Danny Enzo, g-force, Dominique Sanchez & The Disco Dolls and more. Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m.-5 a.m., $10. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Thomas East. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999.


The Main Thing: “Wiener Day at the Rollercade.” Original two-act play from The Joint’s resident comedy troupe. The Joint, 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-3720205. Mark Poolos. The Loony Bin, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501228-5555.

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Little Rock West Coast Dance Club. Dance lessons. Singles welcome. Ernie Biggs, 7 p.m., $2. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-247-5240. www.


2013 National Underground Railroad Conference. See June 20. Argenta Farmers Market. Argenta, 7 a.m.-noon. Main Street, NLR. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. Life & Fundamentals Football Camp. Noncontact football fundamentals camp for ages 6-12, with Cedric Thornton, Fletcher Cox, Vinny Curry, Philip Hunt, Antonio Dixon. Call 877601-0570 to register. War Memorial Stadium, 8 a.m., $20 early registration. 1 Stadium Drive. 501-663-0775. Little Rock Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 3752552. Our Diversity Block Party. LGBTQ pride event, with food and merchandise vendors, live music, DJ ChiChi LaRue and more. Center Street between Sixth and Seventh streets, 1-10 p.m., free. Sixth and Center streets. “Thumbs Up For Health” health fair. Includes bone marrow drive, junior basketball game from 3-5 p.m., Third Annual Arkansas Greek Charity Basketball Game from 5-7 p.m. After party at Twelve Modern Lounge at 10 p.m. Philander Smith College, 10 a.m. 900 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive.


Sustainability Weekend. See June 20.



Artosphere Festival Orchestra: “Chamber Series.” St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 7 p.m., $10. 224 N. East St., Fayetteville. Karaoke with DJ Sara. Hardrider Bar & Grill, 7 p.m., free. 6613 John Harden Drive, Cabot. 501-982-1939. Michael Eubanks. Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon, 7 p.m. 10901 N Rodney Parham Road. CONTINUED ON PAGE 26

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501-227-8898. Old Crow Medicine Show. Arkansas Music Pavilion, 6 p.m., $32-$47. 2536 N. McConnell Ave., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. Slamphetamine, Byleth, Shadow Dweller, Sever Headwound. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $5. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Successful Sunday. Featuring live music and DJs. Montego Cafe, 7 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-6631196. Tell Romeo I Hate Him, The Supporting Cast, Southbound Drive, Siversa. All-ages. Revolution, 7 p.m., $10. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090.


Bernice Garden Farmers Market. The Bernice Garden, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1401 S. Main St. www. “Live from the Back Room.” Spoken word event. Vino’s, 7 p.m. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www. “One Thumbs Up Cookout.” Reservoir Park Pavilion, 2 p.m. Cantrell and Reservoir Road.


Sustainability Weekend. See June 20.



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Bow Wow Wow, Gene Loves Jezebel, Big Dam Horns. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $15 adv., $20 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Hot Springs Concert Band 2013 Concert Series. Whittington Park, June 24, 6:30 p.m.; July 8, 6:30 p.m.; July 22, 6:30 p.m.; Aug. 5, 6 p.m.; Aug. 19, 6 p.m., free. Whittington Ave., Hot Springs. 501-984-1678. Irish Traditional Music Session. Open to all musicians, dancers and listeners. “SloPlay” session begins at 6 p.m. Hibernia Irish Tavern, second and Fourth Monday of every month, 7 p.m. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. www. Matt Dickson. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. One Year Later, The Paramedic. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Richie Johnson. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351.


A Night of Magic with Magician Randall Eller. Benefiting Family Promise of Pulaski County. Second Baptist Church, 7 p.m., $15. 222 E. 8th St. 501-374-9284.



WILDKids Yoga! Yoga camp for ages 6-12, with instructor Rhonda Robinette. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, 2-5 p.m., $150. 20919 Denny Road.


Sustainability Weekend. See June 20.

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Arkansas River Blues Society Blues Jam. Thirst

n’ Howl, 7:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. Artosphere Festival Orchestra: “Chamber Music at The Depot.” Reservations required. Call 479-443-9900. Arsaga’s Depot, 7 p.m. 548 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-9900. Black Taxi. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Brian & Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through Aug. 1: 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Karaoke Night. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub. com. Karaoke Tuesday. Prost, 8 p.m., free. 322 President Clinton Blvd. 501-244-9550. Lee Tomboulian. Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $12 door. 1818 Reservoir Road. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s Restaurant of Little Rock, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 501-312-1616. Mothwind, Ten Sentences. All-ages. 8-Bit Taproom, 10 p.m., free. 901 Towne Oaks Drive. Open Music Jam. The Joint, 8 p.m., free. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Palisades, Gift of Ghosts. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $10. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. The See, The Sound of the Mountain. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W 7th St. 501-3758400. Simo, Thread. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Sphynx. Bear’s Den Pizza, 8:30 p.m., free. 235 Farris Road, Conway. 501-328-5556. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196.


“Latin Night.” Revolution, 7 p.m., $5 regular, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-8230090.


Boulevard Beer Tasting. The Joint, 6-8 p.m., $10. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Little Rock Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, through Oct. 26: 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. “Sacred Sound — Find Yours.” Interactive workshop led by Elizabeth Tomboulian. Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock, 6:30 p.m., donations accepted. 1818 Reservoir Road. Tales from the South. Authors tell true stories; schedule available on website. Dinner served 5-6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Call for reservations. Starving Artist Cafe, 5 p.m. 411 N. Main St., NLR. 501-372-7976. Trivia Bowl. Flying Saucer, 8:30 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www.beerknurd. com/stores/littlerock.


Vino’s Picture Show: “The Wall.” Vino’s, 7:30

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Meet the Author: Janis F. Kearney. The author will discuss her book, “Daisy: Between a Rock and A Hard Place.” Laman Library, 7 p.m. 2801 Orange St., NLR. 501-758-1720.


WILDKids Yoga! Yoga camp for ages 6-12, with instructor Rhonda Robinette. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, 2-5 p.m., $150. 20919 Denny Road.


Sustainability Weekend. See June 20.



Acoustic Open Mic. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. Artosphere Festival Orchestra: “Chamber Series.” Thorncrown Chapel, 7 p.m., $10. 12968 Hwy. 62 West, Eureka Springs. Jazz in the Park: Bob Boyd Sounds. No coolers allowed, beer and wine for sale onsite. Bring chairs or blankets. Riverfront Park, 5:30 p.m., free. 400 President Clinton Avenue. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. Karaoke Extravaganza. Includes drink and food specials and cash prizes. Montego Cafe, 9 p.m., $5. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. Lee and Betty Tomboulian. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501375-5351. Live Karaoke and Dueling Pianos. Featuring Dell Smith and William Staggers. Montego Cafe, 9 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. www. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. RockUsaurus. Senor Tequila (Maumelle Blvd.), 7 p.m. 9847 Maumelle Blvd., NLR. 501-758-4432. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Wagner & Tomas. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www.


The Joint Venture. Improv comedy group. The Joint, 8 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501372-0205. Standup Open Mic Night. Hosted by local come­di­ans of the com­edy col­lec­tive Come­di­ ans of NWA. UARK Bowl, 9 p.m., free. 644 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-301-2030. Triple Feature: Kris Shaw, Mark Matusoff, Matt Holt. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m, $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.


Little Rock Bop Club. Beginning dance lessons for ages 10 and older. Singles welcome. Bess Chisum Stephens Community Center, 7 p.m., $4 for members, $7 for guests. 12th & Cleveland

streets. 501-350-4712. www.littlerockbopclub.


Movies in the Park: “The Notebook.” Coolers allowed, no glass containers. Concessions available, cash only. Movie begins at sunset. First Security Amphitheatre, 8 p.m., free. 400 President Clinton Ave.


Wednesday Night Poetry. 21-and-older show. Maxine’s, 7 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-321-0909. html.


Arkansas Travelers vs. Frisco RoughRiders. Dickey-Stephens Park, June 26-28, 7:10 p.m., $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-6641555.


WILDKids Yoga! Yoga camp for ages 6-12, with instructor Rhonda Robinette. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, 2-5 p.m., $150. 20919 Denny Road.


Sustainability Weekend. See June 20.


“13.” A transplant to a small town in Indiana has to figure out how to survive the school year in this all-ages musical comedy. The Weekend Theater, through June 23: Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m., $16-$20. 1001 W. 7th St. 501374-3761. Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, Wed., June 26, 2 p.m.; Thu., June 27, 2 p.m.; Sat., June 29, 2 p.m., $10. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre: “King Lear.” Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, Thu., June 20, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., June 23, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., June 26, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., June 27, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., June 29, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., June 30, 2 p.m., $27. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre: “Much Ado About Nothing.” Outdoor presentation at the corner of Fifth and Main streets in Argenta. Argenta, June 21-22, 7:30 p.m., pay what you can. Main Street, NLR. Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre: “Oliver!” Musical based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel “Oliver Twist.” Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, Tue., June 25, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Fri., June 28, 2 and 7:30 p.m., $27. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. “Avenue Q.” The Tony-winning comedy puppet musical. Contains adult language and content. Arkansas Repertory Theatre, through June 30: Wed., Thu., Sun., 7 p.m.; Fri., Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. 601 Main St. 501-378-0405. “Jersey Boys.” Robinson Center Music Hall, Thu., June 20, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Fri., June 21, 8 p.m.; Sat., June 22, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., June 23, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Markham and Broadway. www. Opera in the Ozarks: “Elixir of Love.” Inspiration Point, Tue., June 25, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., June 28, 7:30 p.m.; Mon., July 1, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., July 5, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., July 11, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., July 13, 7:30 p.m., $20-$25. 16311 Hwy. 62 W., Eureka Springs. Opera in the Ozarks: “Madama Butterfly.” Inspiration Point, Fri., June 21, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., June 26, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., June 29, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., July 3, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., July 6, 7:30 p.m.; Tue., July 9, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., July 17, 7:30 p.m., $20-$25. 16311 Hwy. 62 W., Eureka Springs. CONTINUED ON PAGE 29

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‘AVENUE Q’: Will Holly as Princeton with Bailey Means as Kate Monster.

Naughty fun, great singing on the avenue BY ROBERT BELL


he singing, dancing, foul-mouthed, sex-having puppets of “Avenue Q” (and their human counterparts) put on a fun, sweet and funny show in the Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s production of the smash-hit musical. At the center of “Avenue Q” are Princeton, a recent English grad, and Kate Monster, a kindergarten teaching assistant. Both are trying to find their way in the world of post-collegiate life, and are abetted by a menagerie of mon-

sters, puppets, slackers and, of course, Gary Coleman. The whole cast was incredibly solid, with great singing and some very impressive puppet work. Will Holly, who played Princeton and Rod, was particularly adept at making his puppets come alive with animated, inspired movement. He deftly switched between voice characterizations for the uptight closeted Republican and the wide-eyed young college grad who’s trying to find

his purpose in life. Kathleen Choe, who plays social worker Christmas Eve, is a fantastic singer and was hilarious as the nagging moral compass of the show. Really, there’s not a weak link in this entire cast. The choreography was also impressive, especially considering that at any time, several of the actors have not one but two puppets on their hands, or two of them are operating the same puppet. That it all came off so effortlessly is a

testament to the hard work the cast put in preparing for this show. “Avenue Q” is filled with memorable tunes — it didn’t win three Tony Awards for nothing, after all. These will be stuck in your head for a while, so hopefully you’ll like them. There were a few regional references worked into the script (Whole Hog Cafe and Pine Bluff, for example). That kind of thing can easily come off as corny, but in this case they all were legitimately funny. The audience Wednesday night was, by this reviewer’s eyeball estimate, about 70 percent close to or north of 70 years of age. For anyone remotely familiar with the musical that might sound like a recipe for, if not disaster, at least a couple of walk-outs, especially here in the Bible Belt. But the somewhat risque material caused no seats to be emptied. In fact, the mostly older crowd erupted loudly and often, frequently repeating particularly funny lines back to their friends and spouses. At the end of “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist,” a man behind me said to his wife, “It’s true!” So there’s that. On the other hand, “The Internet is for Porn” seemed slightly lost on much of the crowd. Perhaps their connection speeds need to be upgraded. A couple of the naughty parts did fall flat, particularly one line delivered by Rod at the end of his song “Girlfriend, Who Lives in Canada.” It’s super awkward — purposefully so, to illustrate how ridiculously uptight and closeted he is. But still, one woman in the row behind me did not look pleased. However, for all but the wettest of wet blankets, The Rep’s “Avenue Q” is a sure bet for a fun night out.

“Avenue Q” runs through June 30, with performances at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $25-$50.



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AFTER DARK, CONT. Opera in the Ozarks: “Pirates of Penzance.” Inspiration Point, Sat., June 22, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., June 27, 7:30 p.m.; Tue., July 2, 7:30 p.m.; Mon., July 8, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., July 10, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., July 12, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., July 18, 7:30 p.m., $20$25. 16311 Hwy. 62 W., Eureka Springs. Shakespeare in the Park: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Production by Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre. River Market Pavilions, Sun., June 23, 6 p.m., $5 children, $7 adults. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. “Southern Crossroads.” A Depression-era family of traveling musicians won’t let an out-ofbusiness theater stop the show from going on. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through July 14: Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., $15-$35. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-562-3131. Youth Summer Theater Ensemble auditions. For students in grades 6-12; program dates are June 25-Aug. 21. Old State House Museum, 4-5 p.m. 500 Clinton Ave. 501-324-9685. www.


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ARGENTA COMMUNITY THEATER, 405 Main St., NLR: “8th annual Arkansas Sculpture Invitational Show and Sale,” sponsored by the Arkansas Sculptors Guild and the Argenta Arts Foundation, 6-9 p.m. June 21, Argenta ArtWalk, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. June 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 23. ART CONNECTION, 204 E. 4th St., NLR: First summer show by student artists, 5-8 p.m. June 21, Argenta ArtWalk. THE EDGE, 301B President Clinton Ave.: Paintings by Avila (Fernando Gomez) and Eric Freeman. 992-1099. GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St., NLR: “Best of the South,” work by Carroll Cloar, William Dunlap, Walter Anderson, Theora Hamblett, Glennray Tutor, Pinkney Herbert, Guy Bell, Ed Rice, John Hartley, Robyn Horn, Daniel Blagg, Rebecca Thompson and others, through July 13, open 5-8 p.m. June 21, Argenta ArtWalk. 664-2787. MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY, 500 President Clinton Ave.: “How People Make Things,” hands-on exhibit using tools and machines to assemble familiar objects, June 22-Sept. 22, with proclamation by Gov. Mike Beebe on state manufacturing week 5:30 p.m. June 20, members preview 5:30 p.m. June 21; “Wiggle Worms,” science program for pre-K children 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. every Tue., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun., $10 ages 13 and older, $8 ages 1-12, free to members and children under 1. 396-7050. PAINT BOX GALLERY AND FRAME SHOP, 705 Main St., NLR: Jewelry by P.J. Bryant, 5-8 p.m. June 21, Argenta ArtWalk. 374-2848. THEA FOUNDATION, 401 Main St., NLR: Abstract paintings by Nick Leopoulos, portion of proceeds benefit the foundation, 5-8 p.m. June 21, Argenta ArtWalk. 379-9512.

Competition. Deadline for submission is July 9. The competition is open to all photographers 16 years and older. Judge will be Chuck Dodson; submissions should be in JPG form. Cash prizes will be awarded. For more information go to or call 501-624-0489. The show will hang for the month of August. The Arkansas Arts Council is taking entries for the 2014 “Small Works on Paper” exhibition. Mary Kennedy, CEOI of the Mid-American Arts Alliance, will be juror. Deadline is July 26. For more information, go to or call 324-9766.


The Thea Foundation is registering for its July art camps for 3rd-6th graders and 7th-9th graders with teacher Christy Langenhammer. Session I

runs July 8-11 and 15-18 and Session II runs July 22-25 and July 29-Aug. 1. Limit is 15 a class and tuition is $100. Registration deadline is July 3. For more information, go to theafoundation. org/theas-art-class.


ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London,” 17th, 18th and 19th century paintings from the Iveagh Bequest, through Sept. 8, $12 adults, $10 seniors, $8 military, $6 students, free to members; “Bauhaus Twenty-21: An Ongoing Legacy,” photographs by Gordon Watkinson, through Sept. 22; “50 Works / 50 Weeks / 50 Years,” Alice Pratt Brown Atrium, through 2013. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11

a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. BOSWELL-MOUROT, 5816 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Arkansas Artists & Their Works,” sculpture by Andy Huss, raku vessels by Winston Taylor, collaborative works by Megan Chapman and Stewart Bremner, paintings by Missy Wilkinson. 664-0030. BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “Get a Simple Landscape,” drawings by Jerry Phillips, through Sept. 29, “Arkansas Art Educators Youth Art Show,” through July 27; “Creative Expressions,” work by individuals with mental illness at the Arkansas State Hospital, through Aug. 25. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5700. CANTRELL GALLERY, 8206 Cantrell Road: 22nd annual “Southern Watercolorists Special Open CONTINUED ON PAGE 32

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DINNER WITH A SIDE OF HISTORY: The Scott Plantation Settlement will play host to the Arkansas Times Farm to Table dinner.

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ears ago, it might not have been so special to feast on pork that had but hours before been a happy critter rolling in the muddy pen out back of your plantation. Today, not so much; that pork you eat and the vegetables that go with it are most likely from a grocery store, and your plantation has been turned into a subdivision. The Arkansas Times is going to recreate a little of those past foodways and the country air ambiance with its Farm to Table Dinner Party at the Scott Plantation Settlement on Saturday, June 29. L’ecole Culinaire-trained Country Club

of Little Rock Chef Brian Kearns — winner of the Times’ Heritage Hog Roast — will serve an all-Arkansas-sourced meal on the grounds amid historic buildings that have been restored to give a flavor of early Scott. “This is such an exciting time of the year” for food-lovers, Kearns said, exulting in melons and stone fruits and tomatoes and delicious vegetables coming into season. The menu won’t be all Arkansas — the wines will come from California, which is a good place to deviate from the locavore principle. Bonnie Montgomery will provide some down-


home music, as well. Diners will be greeted at 5:30 p.m. with a Piper Sonoma Brut champagne and “butlered” hors d’oeuvres to ward off hunger and thirst they’ll work up by checking out such things as the first Bearskin Plantation home and the corn crib from the Dortch Plantation and the one-room schoolhouse from the Cottonwoods Plantation and so forth. At 6:30 p.m., dinner will be served family-style at a long table under a tent. First course:

Carbon, goldies and annis noir tomatoes (grown by Times publisher and farmer Alan Leveritt) and feta made by Kent Walker tossed with watermelon, red onion and arugula from Scott Heritage Farm, which is right down the road from the Settlement. For this first course, the wine will be Buoncristiani’s Triad Blanc (Napa, 2012), a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Chardonnay. Next up: That most cherished of summertime dishes, ratatouille, prepared by Kearns with local eggplant, zucchini, summer squash, tomatoes and onions. Blackbird’s Arriviste rose (Napa, 2011) will be paired with the second course. Scott Heritage has provided three Old Spot hogs for the main course, which Kearns will begin cooking late Friday night on site. Kearns won the Times’ Heritage Roast by letting the hog be a hog. “I didn’t try to mask the taste of the pig itself,” he said, but accentuated its flavor with a barbecue rub of chili powder, cumin, sugar and salt. The pork will be served with an heirloom tomato jam and a corn, pea, onion and tomato succotash. A bold pinot noir from Renteria’s Knittel Creek Vinyard (Carneras, 2009) will accompany it. Finally, peaches from Barnhill Orchards in Lonoke will be served on a crostata (a “free-form tart,” Kearns described it) with salted caramel ice cream. “I’ve already started buying ice cream from Loblolly,” the small-batch creamery in Little Rock. The final wine: Reynolds Family Up To You white blend (Napa, 2009) When the sun goes down, the mosquitos will come out for their own allArkansas meal, so dinner will be over by 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $110 and may be purchased up until June 28 at or by calling Kelly Lyles at the Arkansas Times at 375-2985.

FROM CHILDREN’S THEATER TO $400 MILLION MOVIE, CONT. want to get the best movie possible that’s also the most responsible movie possible, meaning making the movie that will speak to an audience and making it for a responsible amount of money. You want to be able to do a next one and you want movies to do well.” Simpson and his wife, Jocelyn Hayes, who’s a successful producer in her own right and was part of the film festival panel, met at Killer Films. Before they married and started having kids, their careers were well established. Hayes has produced “The Company,” “Infamous,” “Lola Versus” and 30

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the new indie thriller “The East.” But scheduling has occasionally been a challenge. Navigating weather, massive amounts of money and actor availability pretty much mean that they have no control over their own schedules. Five weeks after Hayes gave birth to their second child, Simpson left to work on “World War Z.” Soon after, Hayes, two kids in tow, went to New York to produce “Lola Versus.” She kept the baby on set with her. Simpson flew in on weekends. After that, they were in Vancouver as a family during production of a “Wimpy Kid” film and then in

Shreveport for “The East.” Simpson and Hayes said that when they’re on location, they always like to pretend like they’re living in whatever city they’re shooting in. Rather than staying in a hotel, they rent a house and try to become locals. They said they guessed they’d live in Hillcrest if they were making a movie in Little Rock. Good restaurants and general quality of life matter more than people realize in terms of determining a location for a production, Hayes said. With Arkansas’s diversity of geography, they think Little Rock is primed to become

a base for big productions. Plus, a lot of the Southern and Midwestern cities Little Rock might compete with are “shot out,” said Hayes. “That means so many people have shot there that the locations become too familiar and the residents get really tired of production in their neighborhoods and stop saying yes.” Establishing Little Rock as a film hub is “all about making sure you’re on Hollywood’s radar and that the incentive is real and it’ll stay in place,” Simpson said. “Then if a couple of films have a good experience, it’ll snowball.”


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It’s the end of the world and they feel high ‘This is the End’ deserves place in stoner-movie pantheon. BY SAM EIFLING


he most peculiar aspect of many about “This is the End,” the new ensemble Apocalypse romp, is that it may wind up being evangelical Christians’ favorite stoner-buddy comedy. That’s not to ding it for topping a nonexistent list: It may well be the funniest movie that comes out in 2013 — so good, in fact, it’ll make you weep for every timid, tepid big-budget comedy that derps its way into theaters (q.v. “Grown Ups 2,” in previews now). Far from insulting your intelligence, “This is the End” feels completely in control of its boundless stupidity, creating the cinematic equivalent of a functional pothead. Consider it a 107-minute answer to two guys getting stratospherically high at a party and asking, “Dude, what if the world ended, like, right now?” Surely such a question spawned the 2007 short “Jay and Seth Versus the Apocalypse,” by stars Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel, that grew into “This is the End.” Happily, the feature retains a punk-edged indie sensibility despite now employing a long cast of A- and B-list performers: Rogen, Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson star as themselves, as do the next 11

names on the credits. Basic setup is this: During a party at James Franco’s house in L.A., the world suddenly collapses in a fiery, sinkholey fashion straight out of Revelation. So a bunch of squabbling, sissypants actors are left to split the remaining candy, pot, beer and bottled water while, outside, all hell is literally breaking loose. High Times meets the End Times, with only Hollywood jerks taking the fall. The worldwide meltdown strains Seth’s and Jay’s already-fraying friendship. Jay has flown to L.A., a city he claims to hate, to hang with Seth, and yet they wind up at James Franco’s show biz brat bash, drag. With apologies to ax-swinging Emma Watson and slow-dying Aziz Ansari and crooning Rihanna, but coke-fiend bathroom-threewaying Michael Cera steals the scene with his sheepish anxiety-swallowing “Juno” and “Arrested Development” Michael Cera. Let it not be said that “This is the End” doesn’t flatter its audience: If you get the jokes, you get a kick merely because you’re getting the jokes. Rogen shares directing and writing credits with Evan Goldberg, who wrote “Superbad” and “Pineapple Express.” Appropriately, at the party, Seth and

‘THIS IS THE END’: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and Danny McBride star.

James Franco (he’s always referred to by his full name) wistfully discuss their hopes for a “Pineapple Express” sequel. Later, with end-of-civilization cabinfever closing in, they bust out the camcorder and shoot their updated version on a budget of nothing, like a few bored teenagers with only time and flammable narcotics on their hands. This is the nifty pirouette that’s going to put “This is the End” in the stoner comedy hall of fame: Instead of actors playing losers who like

to get blazed, it rolls out actors playing actors who like to get blazed and act like losers. (Celebrities are just like us, y’all.) They’re also completely unequipped to survive a post-Apocalyptic hellscape — which is sort of the point, I guess, of Doomsday. The two ways off this mortal coil are to die a horrible death or to get lifted. Whether you take that in the Christian sense or as stoner slang won’t really matter as long as you’re going skyhigh in a hazy blue column.

AFTER DARK, CONT. Membership Exhibit,” through June 22. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 224-1335. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 509 Scott St.: “Dream Weavers.” 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 8 a.m.-noon Sun. CHROMA GALLERY, 5707 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Work by Robert Reep and other Arkansas artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 664-0880. COX CREATIVE CENTER, 120 River Market Ave.: “Arkansas League of Artists Spring Show,” through June 29. 918-3093. ELLEN GOLDEN ANTIQUES, 5701 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Paintings by Barry Thomas and Arden Boyce. 664-7746. GALLERY 221 & ART STUDIOS 221, Pyramid Place: New work by Gino Hollander, Jennifer Cox Coleman, EMILE and Mary Ann Stafford. 801-0211. GALLERY 26, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Prehistoric Daydreams,” recent work by Brad Cushman and Amy Edgington, through July 13. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 664-8996. GALLERY 360, 900 S. Rodney Parham Road: “Kinfolk and the Apothecary Dream,” drawings and collages of the artist’s family with images of the Elaine race riot by Angela Davis Johnson, through June. 663-2222. HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: “Reflections in Silver: Silverpoint Drawings 32

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by Aj Smith and Marjorie Williams-Smith,” through Aug. 3. 372-6822. L&L BECK, 5705 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Go West Young Man,” through June, drawing for free giclee 7 p.m. June 20. 660-4006. LOCAL COLOUR GALLERY, 5811 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Nancy Dickins, featured artist for June. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 265-0422. M2 GALLERY, 11525 Cantrell Road: “Relic,” new work by Emily Galusha, also work by Lisa Krannichfeld and Dan Thornhill. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 225-6257. STEPHANO’S FINE ART GALLERY I, 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd., and STEPHANO’S II, 1813 N. Grant St.: Work by Shelby Brewer, Angela Turney, V.L. Cox, John Kushmaul, Cyndi Yeager, Aaron Caldwell, Char DeMoro and Jennifer Wilson. 614-7113. STUDIOMAIN, 1423 Main St.: UALR student furniture. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK: “Flow,” 29 works using water as a theme by William Theophilus Brown, Harry Callahan, Joel Meyerowitz, Robert Morris, Wayne Thiebaud and Neil Welliver, through July 26, Gallery II and III; “Sacred Symbols in Sequins,” sequined Vodou flags, banners, portraits, bottles, through July 26, Gallery I. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. (summer hours). 569-8977.

BENTON DIANNE ROBERTS ART STUDIO AND GALLERY, 110 N. Market St.: Work by Chad Oppenhuizen, Dan McRaven, Gretchen Hendricks, Rachel Carroccio, Kenny Roberts, Taylor Bellott, Jim Cooper and Sue Moore. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 860-7467. BENTONVILLE CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, One Museum Way: “Genre Scenes on Paper from Crystal Bridges’ Permanent Collection,” through Aug. 12; “American Encounters: Genre Painting and Everyday Life,” five 19th century paintings by American and European artists, including two from the Louvre Museum in Paris, through Aug. 12; permanent collection of American masterworks spanning four centuries. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon., Thu., Sat.Sun.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.-Fri. 479-418-5700. CALICO ROCK CALICO ROCK ARTISTS COOPERATIVE, Hwy. 5 at White River Bridge: Paintings, photographs, jewelry, fiber art, wood, ceramics and other crafts. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Thu., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. EL DORADO SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER:

Watercolors by Doris WmSon Mapes. 870862-5474. FAYETTEVILLE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS: “MFA Group Exhibition,” through July 19, work in a variety of media. FORT SMITH FORT SMITH REGIONAL ART MUSEUM: “High Fiber: Women to Watch 2013,” fiber art by Louise Halsey, Barbara Cade, Jennifer Libby, Jane Hartfield and Deborah Kuster, through July 7; “Gerry Stecca: Tree Wraps,” installation with clothespins; “Bridging the Past, Present and Future: Recent Works by Sandra Ramos,” through July 7. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 479-784-2787. HOT SPRINGS ARTISTS’ WORKSHOP GALLERY, 810 Central Ave.: Paintings and pastels by Linda Shearer and Joyce Weaver, through June. 501-623-6401. BLUE MOON ART GALLERY, 718 Central Ave.: Paintings by Tom Richard, photographs by David Rackley, through June. 501-318-2787. FINE ARTS CENTER, 626 Central Ave.: 2013 “Small Works on Paper.” 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.Sat. 501-624-0489. GARVAN GARDENS, 550 Akridge Road: “Splash

AFTER DARK, CONT. of Glass: A James Hayes Art Glass Installation,” 225 pieces of art glass in 13 areas of the garden, through September. $10 adults, $9 seniors, $5 children, $5 dogs on leash. 501-262-9300. JUSTUS FINE ART, 827 Central Ave.: Work by Kari Albright, Michael Ashley, Cynthia Bowers, Donnie Copeland, Mike Elsass, Jennifer Libby Fay, Steve Griffith, Vivian Noe-Griffith, Rene Hein, Robyn Horn, Don House, Dolores Justus, Rebecca Thompson and Emily Wood. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 501-321-2335.


ARKANSAS INLAND MARITIME MUSEUM, North Little Rock: “Captain’s Cabin Exhibit,” photographs, biographies, sea stories from the crew, and personal artifacts, through August. 371-8320. ARKANSAS SPORTS HALL OF FAME MUSEUM, Verizon Arena, NLR: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 663-4328. CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSEUM VISITOR CENTER, Bates and Park: Exhibits on the 1957 desegregation of Central and the civil rights movement. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. 374-1957. CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER, 1200 President Clinton Ave.: “Oscar de la Renta: American Icon,” designs worn by Laura Bush, Jessica Chastain, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and others, and other couture pieces, through Dec. 1; “Jazz: Through the Eyes of Herman Leonard,” more than 40 original black and white images by photographer Herman Leonard, who documented the evolution of jazz form from the 1940s through post-Hurricane Katrina, with photographs of Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald, through July 21. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $7 adults; $5 college students, seniors, retired military; $3 ages 6-17. 370-8000. HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. Third St.: “Arkansas Made,” “Reflected by Three: William Detmers, Scott Lykens and G. TaraCasciano,” prints, ceramics, sculpture, through Aug. 4; “Painting in the Open Air: Day and Night,” paintings by Jason Sacran, through July 7, “The Curious World of Patent Models,” through Sept. 29; “Treasures of Arkansas Freemasons, 1838-2013,” study gallery, through July 12. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9351. MacARTHUR MUSEUM OF ARKANSAS MILITARY HISTORY, MacArthur Park: “Undaunted Courage, Proven Loyalty: Japanese-American Soldiers in World War II,” through August. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. 376-4602. MOSAIC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER, 9th and Broadway: “Stirring the Soul of History, Vol. 1” newly acquired art by Lee Anthony, Barbara Higgins Bond, Danny Campbell, Ariston Jacks, Henri Linton, Mary Lovelace O’Neal, Bryan Massey, A.J. Smith, Ed Wade and Susan Williams; “Forty Years of Fortitude,” exhibit on Arkansas’s African-American legislators of the modern era, through June 29. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 683-3593. OLD STATE HOUSE MUSEUM, 300 W. Markham: “Lights! Camera! Arkansas!”, the state’s ties to Hollywood, including costumes, scripts, film footage, photographs and more, through March 1, 2015; “Things You Need to Hear: Memories of Growing up in Arkansas from 1890 to 1980,” oral histories about community, family, work, school and leisure, through March 2014. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9685. WITT STEPHENS JR. CENTRAL ARKANSAS NATURE CENTER, Riverfront Park: Exhibits on wildlife and the state Game and Fish Commission.

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Dining WHAT’S COOKIN’ J. GUMBO’S, a Cajun/Creole chain operating in nine states, is now in a 10th, with a new restaurant on Cantrell Road. It’s fast casual dining, with orders taken at a counter from a menu that includes gumbo, stews, soups, po’ boys, wraps, entrees like “Voodoo Chicken” and “Bourbon Street Chicken,” and various dips, including a crawfish cheese dip. The restaurant is at 12911 Cantrell Road (west of the Pleasant Ridge Shopping Center); hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Phone is 916-9635.




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MIXED BAG: Tacos from The Fold.

Mixed welcome to The Fold Hits equal misses.


hen the lowly burger went high end, when people started throwing around words like “artisanal” in reference to pizza, it was only a matter of time before folks turned the humble taco into something hip, trendy, and far beyond its traditional price point. After all, Little Rock boasts burgers topped with foie gras, pecorino and fig jam — and even one of our food trucks manages to haul around a wood-fired oven to cook their pizza. At its most basic and most beautiful, a taco is something simple eaten to soak up a few cheap beers — preferably, by this reviewer’s lights, at a rickety table outside a truck or tucked away in the back of a Mexican mercado. So of course let’s slap a veneer of hipster cool on that concept, triple the price of everything, and open in a converted auto garage in an upscale part of town. Thus, The Fold. The Fold is an attractive dining space.

The barely concealed grunge of the joint’s auto-garage days has been brightened with paint and filled with comfortable booths overhung with old motorcycles. In lieu of flowers, each table has a cactus growing in an old beer can, a kitschy and whimsical touch that fits right in with a staff that, while courteous, doesn’t take itself all that seriously. Navigating the tiny parking lot of the restaurant is a nightmare, but between the shaded patio and interior dining area, nothing else feels cramped or crowded. Given that the Fold is staking its reputation as much on drinks as eats, we started off with a couple of cocktails and an order of guacamole ($6.50). Our first cocktail, the Sofo, was a delightful combination of gin, lime, and ginger beer with just a touch of fresh mint. This was quite a refreshing drink, well balanced in flavor and perfect for the warm evening. Our second drink wasn’t nearly as successful, a blood orange

The Fold

3501 Old Cantrell Rd 916-9706 QUICK BITE The Fold really involves the customer in the margarita experience: choose from several mixer styles, then add your choice of several varieties of tequila or mescal to fit any taste or price range. HOURS 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. until midight Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Sunday. OTHER INFO Full bar, credit cards accepted.

and lime margarita that tasted of little more than the watered down ice. Granted, we didn’t spring for one of the more expensive tequilas on the menu, but the mixer was the issue here, not the alcohol. As for our guacamole starter, it was good and creamy, with a side of tasty seasoned chips. We didn’t think the guacamole had been made fresh to order, however, as the color was darker, showing signs of being out in the air for a bit. Since the Fold bills itself as a “botanas” or “snacks” restaurant, we ordered a selection of tacos ($9 for three) and a bowl of

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CREAMY: The Fold’s guacamole.

Ceviche Rosada ($12). Our first taco was the Cholula Pescada, an excellent fish taco topped with corn, mango and a tangy jalapeno vinaigrette. This taco was the highlight of the meal, with fish that was flavorful without being overpowering and toppings that worked well. The second taco, the Tejas, was a grilled steak taco with roasted peppers, avocado and Mexican crema. While not as complete a package as the fish, this was still a decent taco, with beef that was flavorful and tender — and much better than our final taco, the Pollo y Poblano, a chicken taco that had no discernible flavor to the meat at all and was helped not a bit by the strange mish-mash of mushrooms and cheese atop it. If the tacos were a mixed bag of good and bad, the ceviche was just simply terrible. Good quality cubes of ahi tuna were completely destroyed by a cloying mixture of diced mango, orange slices, and avocado — a sugar-bomb of fruit that ruined any chance of actually tasting the fish. When done correctly, ceviche harnesses the acid of citrus to chemically cook fish or shrimp, imparting a sharp, bright flavor to the fish that doesn’t overwhelm it, and is best accompanied by some fresh cilantro or perhaps some peppers. This bowl was more an overwrought fruit salad dotted with unfortunate chunks of fish and really put a damper on a meal that had been fairly successful at that point. Given some time to work out some consistency issues with their tacos and drinks — and perhaps rethink their complete misfire of a ceviche — The Fold could become a hot spot in Riverdale for gourmet tacos. Unfortunately, with a price point well above both the quality and quantity of the food, we can’t say that they’re executing their menu well enough to join the ranks of the elite taco joints quite yet.


B Breakfast L Lunch D Dinner $ Inexpensive (under $8/person) $$ Moderate ($8-$20/person) $$$ Expensive (over $20/person) CC Accepts credit cards

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all the trimmings. 3319 John Barrow Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-224-2981. L Fri.-Sat. D Thu., Sat., Sun. BONEFISH GRILL A half-dozen or more types of fresh fish filets are offered daily at this upscale chain. 11525 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-228-0356. D Mon.-Fri., LD Fri.-Sat., BR Sun. BRAVE NEW RESTAURANT The food’s great, portions huge, prices reasonable. Diners can look into the open kitchen and watch the culinary geniuses at work slicing and dicing and sauteeing. It’s great fun, and the fish is special. 2300 Cottondale Lane. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-2677. LD Mon.-Fri. D Sat. BRAY GOURMET DELI AND CATERING Turkey spreads in four flavors — original, jala-

peno, cajun and dill — and the homemade pimiento cheese are the signature items at Chris Bray’s delicatessen, which serves sandwiches, wraps, soups, stuffed potatoes and salads and sells the turkey spreads to go. Arkansas Fresh Breads supplies the bread; the olive oil sourdough is an exclusive. You can buy loaves, too. Petit Jean supplies the ham and peppered beef. Breakfast features cinnamon rolls and muffins. 323 Center St. Suite 150. No alcohol, All CC. 501-353-1045. BL Mon.-Fri. BUFFALO WILD WINGS A sports bar on steroids with numerous humongous TVs and a menu full of thirst-inducing items. The wings, which can be slathered with one of 14 sauces, are the staring attraction and will undoubtedly


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have fans. 14800 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-868-5279. LD daily. BY THE GLASS A broad but not ridiculously large wine list is studded with interesting, diverse selections, and prices are uniformly reasonable. The food focus is on high-end items that pair well with wine — olives, hummus, cheese, bread, and some meats and sausages. Happy hour daily from 4-6 p.m. 5713 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-663-9463. D Mon.-Sat. CAFE@HEIFER Serving fresh pastries, omelets, soups, salads, sandwiches and pizzas. Located inside Heifer Village. 1 World Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-907-8801. BL Mon.-Fri. CAPITAL BAR AND GRILL Big hearty sandwiches, daily lunch specials and fine evening dining all rolled up into one at this landing spot downtown. Surprisingly inexpensive with a great bar staff and a good selection of unique desserts. 111 Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-374-7474. LD daily. CAPITOL BISTRO Serving breakfast and lunch items, including quiche, sandwiches, coffees and the like. 1401 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-371-9575. BL Mon.-Fri. CATERING TO YOU Painstakingly prepared entrees and great appetizers in this gourmetto-go location, attached to a gift shop. Caters everything from family dinners to weddings and large corporate events. 8121 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-614-9030. Serving meals to go: LD Mon.-Sat. CATFISH HOLE Downhome place for wellcooked catfish and tasty hushpuppies. 603 E. Spriggs. NLR. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-758-3516. D Tue.-Sat. CIAO BACI The focus is on fine dining in this casually elegant Hillcrest bungalow, though excellent tapas are out of this world. The treeshaded, light-strung deck is a popular destination. 605 N. Beechwood St. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-603-0238. D Mon.-Sat. CRAZEE’S COOL CAFE Good burgers, daily plate specials and bar food amid pool tables and TVs. 7626 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-221-9696. LD Mon.-Sat. CUPCAKE FACTORY About a dozen cupcake varieties daily, plus pies, whole or by-the-slice, cake balls, brownies and other dessert bars. 18104 Kanis Road. No alcohol, All CC. 501-8219913. CUPCAKES ON KAVANAUGH Gourmet cupcakes and coffee, indoor seating. 5625 Kavanaugh Blvd. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-664-2253. LD Mon.-Sat. 11525 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-2253. LD Tue.-Sat. DEMPSEY BAKERY Bakery with sit down area, serving coffee and specializing in gluten-, nutand soy-free baked goods. 323 Cross St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-375-2257. Serving BL Tue.-Sat. DIXON ROAD BLUES CAFE Sandwiches, burgers and salads. 1505 W. Dixon Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-888-2233. BLD Mon.-Sat. DOE’S EAT PLACE A skid-row dive turned power brokers’ watering hole with huge steaks, great tamales and broiled shrimp, and killer burgers at lunch. 1023 W. Markham St. Full bar, CONTINUED ON PAGE 36

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hearsay ➥ Fans of GOOD EARTH GARDEN CENTER, take note: If you haven’t taken advantage of their rewards program, you are missing out. Called Dirt Dollars, registered customers earn one point for every dollar they spend. Every time the tally hits 500 points, you earn $25 on your account. Good Earth converts points to dollars twice a year. Some restrictions apply. To find out more, visit their website at ➥ B. BARNETT will host a special one-day Laura Mercier event June 26. Participants will receive a complimentary five-day supply of the makeup line’s bestselling tinted moisturizer, as well as a complimentary caviar eye stick with any purchase of a tinted moisturizer, while supplies last. Call 501-223-2514 to schedule an appointment. ➥ WHIPPERSNAPPERS FAMILY FUN BOUTIQUE opened recently in Little Rock. The children’s clothing, toy and candy store is located at 5501 Kavanaugh, Suite 1. Their phone number is 501-231-3632. ➥ If you’re in need of new running shoes, then don’t forget to check out GO! RUNNING. The Heights store offers 40 percent off on a different shoe of the week, every week. When the week is up, the sale is over. If the shoe of the week doesn’t meet your needs, the store’s knowledgeable staff can help you pick out the best shoes and gear for your walking or running style. ➥ TULIPS has a new shipment of Andean Collection jewelry. The line is handmade from sustainably harvested seeds from South America and offers a great selection of styles and colors. ➥ The semi-annual sale event at PARK PLAZA MALL will continue through June 23, with deals galore from merchants like Clarks (savings up to 40 percent off), Express (markdowns up to 70 percent) and Baily Banks & Biddle ($100 off purchases of $250 or more with coupon). For a detailed list of participating stores, visit the mall’s website: ➥ Active military and veterans can stop by NORTH POINT FORD to receive a $50 dinner card through June 26. The giveaway is being held in conjuction with Thanks-A-Bunch for Keeping Us Safe, a non-profit military charity. There is absolutely no obligation or purchase necessary to receive the dinner card. For more information, call the dealership at 501-945-1200. 36

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DINING CAPSULES, CONT. All CC. $$-$$$. 501-376-1195. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. DOUBLETREE PLAZA BAR & GRILL The lobby restaurant in the Doubletree is elegantly comfortable, but you’ll find no airs put on at heaping breakfast and lunch buffets. 424 West Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-372-4371. BLD daily. EJ’S EATS AND DRINKS The friendly neighborhood hoagie shop downtown serves at a handful of tables and by delivery. The sandwiches are generous, the soup homemade and the salads cold. Vegetarians can craft any number of acceptable meals from the flexible menu. The housemade potato chips are da bomb. 523 Center St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-3700. LD Mon.-Fri. FILIBUSTER’S BISTRO & LOUNGE Sandwiches, salads in the Legacy Hotel. 625 W. Capitol Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-374-0100. D Mon.-Fri. FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES Nationwide burger chain with emphasis on freshly made fries and patties and over 15 toppings for you to create your own burger. 13000 Chenal Parkway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-1100. LD daily.; 2923 Lakewood Village Dr. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-246-5295. LD daily. FLYING FISH The fried seafood is fresh and crunchy and there are plenty of raw, boiled and grilled offerings, too. The hamburgers are a hit, too. It’s self-service; wander on through the screen door and you’ll find a slick team of cooks and servers doing a creditable job of serving big crowds. 511 President Clinton Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-375-3474. LD daily. GRUMPY’S TOO Music venue and sports bar with lots of TVs, pub grub and regular drink specials. 1801 Green Mountain Drive. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-3768. LD Mon.-Sat. HOMER’S Great vegetables, huge yeast rolls and killer cobblers. Follow the mobs. 2001 E. Roosevelt Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1400. BL Mon.-Fri. 9700 N Rodney Parham. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-6637. LD Mon.-Sat. THE HOUSE A comfortable gastropub in Hillcrest, where you’ll find traditional fare like burgers and fish and chips alongside Thai green curry and gumbo. 722 N. Palm St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-4500. D daily, BR, L Sat.-Sun. IRONHORSE SALOON Bar and grill offering juicy hamburgers and cheeseburgers. 9125 Mann Road. Full bar, All CC. $. 501-562-4464. LD daily. JIMMY’S SERIOUS SANDWICHES Consistently fine sandwiches, side orders and desserts for 30 years. Chicken salad’s among the best in town, and there are fun specialty sandwiches such as Thai One On and The. Garden Get there early for lunch. 5116 W. Markham St. No alcohol, CC. $-$$. 501-666-3354. L Mon.-Sat., D Mon.-Sat. (drive-through only). KRAZY MIKE’S Po’Boys, catfish and shrimp and other fishes, fried chicken wings and all the expected sides served up fresh and hot to order on demand. 200 N. Bowman Road. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-907-6453. LD daily. LE POPS GOURMET ICE LOLLIES Delicious, homemade iced lollies (or popsicle for those who aren’t afraid of the trademark.) 400 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-554-3936. L Mon.-Sat. LOCA LUNA Grilled meats, seafood and pasta dishes that never stray far from country roots, whether Italian, Spanish or Arkie. “Gourmet plate lunches” are good, as is Sunday brunch. 3519 Old Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-4666. BR Sun., LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. MILFORD TRACK Healthy and tasty are the

key words at this deli/grill that serves breakfast and lunch. Hot entrees change daily and there are soups, sandwiches, salads and killer desserts. Bread is baked in-house, and there are several veggie options. 10809 Executive Center Dr., Searcy Building. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-223-2257. BL Mon.-Sat. OYSTER BAR Gumbo, red beans and rice (all you can eat on Mondays), peel-and-eat shrimp, oysters on the half shell, addictive po’ boys. Killer jukebox. 3003 W. Markham St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-7100. LD Mon.-Sat. OZARK COUNTRY RESTAURANT A longstanding favorite with many Little Rock residents, the eatery specializes in big country breakfasts and pancakes plus sandwiches and several meat-and-two options for lunch and dinner. Try the pancakes and don’t leave without some sort of smoked meat. 202 Keightley Drive. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-7319. B daily, L Mon.-Fri., D Thu.-Sat. PLAYTIME PIZZA Tons of fun isn’t rained out by lackluster eats at the new Playtime Pizza, the $11 million, 65,000 square foot kidtopia near the Rave theater. While the buffet is only so-so, features like indoor mini-golf, laser tag, go karts, arcade games and bumper cars make it a winner for both kids and adults. 600 Colonel Glenn Plaza Loop. All CC. $-$$. 501-227-7529. D Mon.-Wed., LD Thu.-Sun. PURPLE COW DINER 1950s fare — cheeseburgers, chili dogs, thick milk shakes — in a ‘50s setting at today’s prices. Also at 11602 Chenal Parkway. 8026 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-221-3555. LD daily, BR Sat.-Sun. 11602 Chenal Pkwy. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-4433. LD daily, BR Sat.-Sun. 1419 Higden Ferry Road. Hot Springs. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-625-7999. LD daily, B Sun. THE RELAY This grill offers a short menu, which includes chicken strips, French fries, hamburgers, jalapeno poppers and cheese sticks. 12225 Stagecoach Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-455-9919. LD daily. THE ROOT CAFE Homey, local foods-focused cafe. With tasty burgers, homemade bratwurst, banh mi and a number of vegan and veggie options. Breakfast and Sunday brunch, too. 1500 S. Main St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. BL Tue.-Sat., BR Sun. SALUT BISTRO This bistro/late-night hangout does upscale Italian for dinner and pub grub until the wee hours on the weekends. 1501 N. University. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-660-4200. L Mon.-Fri., D Tue.-Sat. SANDY’S HOMEPLACE CAFE Specializing in home style buffet, with two meats and seven vegetables to choose from. It’s all-you-can-eat. 1710 E 15th St. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-3753216. L Mon.-Fri. SCALLIONS Reliably good food, great desserts, pleasant atmosphere, able servers — a solid lunch spot. 5110 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-6468. L Mon.-Sat. SCOOP DOG 5508 John F. Kennedy Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, No CC. 501-753-5407. LD daily. SHAKE’S FROZEN CUSTARD Frozen custards, concretes, sundaes. 12011 Westhaven Dr. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-224-0150. LD daily. SHORTY SMALL’S Land of big, juicy burgers, massive cheese logs, smoky barbecue platters and the signature onion loaf. 1100 N. Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-3344. LD daily. SLIM CHICKENS Chicken tenders and wings served fast. Better than the Colonel. 4500 W. Markham. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-9070111. LD daily. SONNY WILLIAMS’ STEAK ROOM Steaks, chicken and seafood in a wonderful setting

in the River Market. Steak gets pricey, though. Menu is seasonal, changes every few months. 500 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-324-2999. D Mon.-Sat. STAGECOACH GROCERY AND DELI Fine po’ boys and muffalettas — and cheap. 6024 Stagecoach Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-455-4157. BLD Mon.-Fri., BL Sat.-Sun. TERRI-LYNN’S BAR-B-Q AND DELI Highquality meats served on large sandwiches and good tamales served with chili or without (the better bargain). 10102 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-6371. BL Tue.-Fri., BLD Sat. (close at 5pm). WEST END SMOKEHOUSE AND TAVERN Its primary focus is a sports bar with 50-plus TVs, but the dinner entrees (grilled chicken, steaks and such) are plentiful and the bar food is upper quality. 215 N. Shackleford. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-7665. L Fri.-Sun., D daily. WINGSTOP It’s all about wings. The joint features ten flavors of chicken flappers for almost any palate, including mild, hot, Cajun and atomic, as well as specialty flavors like lemon pepper, teriyaki, Garlic parmesan and Hawaiian. 11321 West Markham St. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-9464. LD daily.


A.W. LIN’S ASIAN CUISINE Excellent panAsian with wonderful service. 17717 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-5398. LD daily. CHINA INN Massive Chinese buffet overflows with meaty and fresh dishes, augmented at dinner by boiled shrimp, oysters on the half shell and snow crab legs, all you want cheap. 2629 Lakewood Village Place. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-771-2288. LD daily. CHINA PLUS BUFFET Large Chinese buffet. 6211 Colonel Glenn Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-1688. LD daily. CURRY IN A HURRY Home-style Indian food with a focus on fresh ingredients and spices. 11121 North Rodney Parham. Beer, Wine, No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-4567. LD Mon., Wed.-Sun. HANAROO SUSHI BAR One of the few spots in downtown Little Rock to serve sushi. With an expansive menu, featuring largely Japanese fare. Try the popular Tuna Tatari bento box. 205 W. Capitol Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-3017900. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat. LEMONGRASS ASIA BISTRO Fairly solid Thai bistro. Try the Tom Kha Kai and white wine alligator. They don’t have a full bar, but you can order beer, wine and sake. 4629 E. McCain Blvd. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. 501-945-4638. LD Mon.-Sun. MR. CHEN’S ASIAN SUPERMARKET AND RESTAURANT A combination Asian restaurant and grocery with cheap, tasty and exotic offerings. 3901 S. University Ave. $. 501-562-7900. LD daily. NEW CHINA A burgeoning line of massive buffets, with hibachi grill, sushi, mounds of Chinese food and soft serve ice cream. 4617 John F. Kennedy Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-8988. LD daily. 2104 Harkrider. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-764-1888. LD Mon.-Sun. PHO THANH MY It says “Vietnamese noodle soup” on the sign out front, and that’s what you should order. The pho comes in outrageously large portions with bean sprouts and fresh herbs. Traditional pork dishes, spring rolls and bubble tea also available. 302 N. Shackleford Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-312-7498. LD Mon, Wed.-Sun. ROYAL BUFFET A big buffet of Chinese fare,



CHIP’S BARBECUE Tasty, if a little pricey, barbecue piled high on sandwiches generously doused with the original tangy sauce or one of five other sauces. Better known for the incredible family recipe pies and cheesecakes, which come tall and wide. 9801 W. Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-4346. LD Mon.-Sat. DIXIE PIG Pig salad is tough to beat. It comes with loads of chopped pork atop crisp iceberg, doused with that wonderful vinegar-based sauce. The sandwiches are basic, and the sweet, thick sauce is fine. Serving Little Rock since 1923. 900 West 35th St. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-9650. LD Mon.-Sat. PIT STOP BAR AND GRILL A working-man’s bar and grill, with barbecue, burgers, breakfast and bologna sandwiches, plus live music on Friday and Saturday nights. 5506 Baseline Road. Full bar, No CC. $$. 501-562-9635. BLD daily.


CREGEEN’S IRISH PUB Irish-themed pub with a large selection of on-tap and bottled British beers and ales, an Irish inspired menu and lots of nooks and crannies to meet in. Specialties include fish ‘n’ chips and Guinness beef stew. Live music on weekends and $5 cover on Saturdays. 301 Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-376-7468. LD daily. ISTANBUL MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE This Turkish eatery offers decent kebabs and great starters. The red pepper hummus is a winner. So are Cigar Pastries. Possibly the best Turkish coffee in Central Arkansas. 11525 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-223-9332. LD daily. LAYLA’S GYROS AND PIZZERIA Delicious Mediterranean fare — gyros, falafel, shawarma, kabobs, hummus and babaganush — that has a devoted following. All meat is slaughtered according to Islamic dietary law. 9501 N Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-7272. LD daily (close 5 p.m. on Sun.). L E O ’ S G R E E K C A S T L E Wonderful Mediterranean food — gyro sandwiches or platters, falafel and tabouleh — plus dependable hamburgers, ham sandwiches, steak platters and BLTs. Breakfast offerings are expanded with gyro meat, pitas and triple berry pancakes. 2925 Kavanaugh Blvd. No alcohol, CC. $-$$. 501-666-7414. BLD Mon.-Sat., BL Sun. (close at 4 p.m.). NEXT BISTRO & BAR Mediterranean food and

drinks. 2611 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. 501-663-6398. D Tue.-Thu., Sat. ROSALIA’S BAKERY Brazilian bakery owned by the folks over at Bossa Nova, next door. Sweet and savory treats, including yucca cheese balls, empanadas and macarons. Many gluten-free options. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. BLD Mon.-Sat. (closes 6 p.m.), BL Sun. SILVEK’S EUROPEAN BAKERY Fine pastries, chocolate creations, breads and cakes done in the classical European style. Drop by for a whole cake or a slice or any of the dozens of single serving treats in the big case. 1900 Polk St. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-661-9699. BLD daily. TAZIKI’S GREEK FARE Fast casual chain that offers gyros, grilled meats and veggies, hummus and pimento cheese. 12800 Chenal Parkway. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-225-1829. LD daily.


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CAFE PREGO Dependable entrees of pasta, pork, seafood, steak and the like, plus great sauces, fresh mixed greens and delicious dressings, crisp-crunchy-cold gazpacho and tempting desserts in a comfy bistro setting. Little Rock standard for 18 years. 5510 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-5355. LD Mon.-Sat. CIAO ITALIAN RESTAURANT Don’t forget about this casual yet elegant bistro tucked into a downtown storefront. The fine pasta and seafood dishes, ambiance and overall charm combine to make it a relaxing, enjoyable, affordable choice. 405 W. Seventh St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-372-0238. L Mon.-Fri., D Thu.-Sat. GRADY’S PIZZA AND SUBS Pizza features a pleasing blend of cheeses rather than straight mozzarella. The grinder is a classic, the chef’s salad huge and tasty. 6801 W. 12th St., Suite C. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-1918. LD daily. IRIANA’S PIZZA Unbelievably generous handtossed New York style pizza with unmatched zest. Good salads, too; grinders are great, particularly the Italian sausage. 201 E. Markham St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-3656. LD Mon.-Sat. THE ITALIAN KITCHEN AT LULAV Comfortably chic downtown bistro with excellent Italian fare. 220 A W. 6th St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-3745100. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat. PIZZERIA SANTA LUCIA A mobile pizza oven, imported from Italy, that churns out fine pies. They’re on the smaller side and not topped to excess, but quite flavorful. 1401 S Main St. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-666-1885. Various times. ROMANO’S MACARONI GRILL A chain restaurant with a large menu of pasta, chicken, beef, fish, unusual dishes like Italian nachos, and special dishes with a corporate bent. 11100 W Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-2213150. LD daily. U.S. PIZZA Crispy thin-crust pizzas, frosty beers and heaping salads drowned in creamy dressing. 2710 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-2198. LD daily. 5524 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-664-7071. LD daily. 9300 North Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-224-6300. LD daily. 3307 Fair Park Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-565-6580. LD daily. 650 Edgewood Drive. Maumelle. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-8510880. LD daily. 3324 Pike Avenue. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-758-5997. LD daily. 4001 McCain Park Drive. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-753-2900. LD daily. 5524 John F Kennedy Blvd. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-975-5524. LD daily. ZAFFINO’S BY NORI A high-quality Italian CONTINUED ON PAGE 38

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with other Asian tastes as well. 109 E. Pershing. NLR. Beer, All CC. 501-753-8885. LD daily. SEKISUI Fresh-tasting sushi chain with fun hibachi grill and an overwhelming assortment of traditional entrees. Nice wine selection, also serves sake and specialty drinks. 219 N. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-221-7070. LD daily. SHOGUN JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE The chefs will dazzle you, as will the variety of tasty stir-fry combinations and the sushi bar. Usually crowded at night. 2815 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-666-7070. D daily. TOKYO HOUSE Defying stereotypes, this Japanese buffet serves up a broad range of fresh, slightly exotic fare — grilled calamari, octopus salad, dozens of varieties of fresh sushi — as well as more standard shrimp and steak options. 11 Shackleford Dr. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-219-4286. LD daily. WASABI Downtown sushi and Japanese cuisine. For lunch, there’s quick and hearty sushi samplers. 101 Main St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-0777. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat.



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DINING CAPSULES, CONT. dining experience. Pastas, entrees (don’t miss the veal marsala) and salads are all outstanding. 2001 E. Kiehl Ave. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. 501-834-7530. D Tue.-Sat.


BROWNING’S MEXICAN GRILL New rendition of a 65-year institution in Little Rock is a totally different experience. Large, renovated space is a Heights hangout with a huge bar, sports on TV and live music on weekends. Some holdover items in name only but recast fresher and tastier. Large menu with some hits and some misses. 5805 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-9956. LD daily, BR Sat-Sun. CANON GRILL Tex-Mex, pasta, sandwiches and salads. Creative appetizers come in huge quantities, and the varied main-course menu rarely disappoints, though it’s not as spicy as competitors’. 2811 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-664-2068. LD daily. CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL Burritos, burrito bowls, tacos and salads are the four main courses of choice — and there are four meats and several other options for filling them. Sizes are uniformly massive, quality is uniformly strong, and prices are uniformly low. 11525 Cantrell Road. All CC. $-$$. 501-221-0018. LD daily. COTIJA’S A branch off the famed La Hacienda family tree downtown, with a massive menu of tasty lunch and dinner specials, the familiar white cheese dip and sweet red and fieryhot green salsas, and friendly service. 406 S. Louisiana St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-244-0733. L Mon.-Fri. EL CHICO Hearty, standard Mexican served in huge portions. 8409 Interstate 30. Full bar, All

CC. $-$$. 501-562-3762. LD daily. LA HERRADURA Traditional Mexican fare. 8414 Geyer Springs Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-6063. LD Tue.-Sun. LAS MARGARITAS Sparse offerings at this taco truck. No chicken, for instance. Try the veggie quesadilla. 7308 Baseline Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. LD Tue.-Thu. LA REGIONAL A full-service grocery store catering to SWLR’s Latino community, it’s the small grill tucked away in the back corner that should excite lovers of adventurous cuisine. The menu offers a whirlwind trip through Latin America, with delicacies from all across the Spanish-speaking world (try the El Salvadorian papusas, they’re great). Bring your Spanish/ English dictionary. 7414 Baseline Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-4440. BLD daily. LAS AMERICAS Guatemalan and Mexican fare. Try the hearty tamales wrapped in banana leaves. 8622 Chicot Road. $-$$. 501-565-0266. LD daily. LOS TORITOS MEXICAN RESTAURANT Mexican fare in East End. 1022 Angel Court. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-261-7823. BLD daily. MEXICO CHIQUITO MEX-TO-GO Some suggest cheese dip was born at this Central Arkansas staple, where you’ll find hearty platters of boldly spiced, inexpensive food to-go that compete well with those at the “authentic” joints. 11406 W. Markham. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-217-0647. LD daily. PEPE’S Better than average Tex-Mex. Try the chicken chimichanga. 5900 W 12th St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-296-9494. LD Mon.-Sat. SENOR TEQUILA Cheap, serviceable Tex-Mex, and maybe the best margarita in town. 2000 S University Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-6604413. LD daily.

TAQUERIA KARINA AND CAFE A real Mexican neighborhood cantina from the owners, to freshly baked pan dulce, to Mexicanbottled Cokes, to first-rate guacamole, to inexpensive tacos, burritos, quesadillas and a broad selection of Mexican-style seafood. 5309 W. 65th St. Beer, No CC. $. 501-562-3951. LD Tue.-Thu. TAQUERIA SAMANTHA II Stand out taco truck fare, with meat options standard and exotic. 7521 Geyer Springs Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-744-0680. LD Tue.-Sun.



DENTON’S TROTLINE Saline county-ites love the buffet dining that, besides great catfish, offers shrimp, chicken, gumbos and snow crab legs. 2150 Congo Road. Benton. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-315-1717. D Tue.-Sat. ED AND KAY’S The pies alone are worth a stop at this Benton-area mainstay. “Mile-High” pies topped with meringue and including coconut, chocolate and the famous PCP (pineapple, coconut, pecan) are dang good; plate lunches feature Arkansas-grown produce like PurpleHull peas and fresh garden tomatoes. 15228 Interstate 30. Benton. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. (501) 315-3663. BLD. TAQUERIA AZTECA The best authentic Mexican in the Benton/Bryant area. Try the menudo on Saturday. 1526 Highway 5 N. Benton. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-794-1487. LD Mon.-Sat.


FLYING FISH The fried seafood is fresh and crunchy and there are plenty of raw, boiled and

grilled offerings, too. 109A Northwest 2nd St. Bentonville. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 479-6576300. LD daily. TUSK & TROTTER It’s not just barbecue and pigs feet, despite the name. The dinner menu has everything from french fries (pommes frites) to burgers to duck confit. At lunch, find a lamb sandwich from local growers to hot dogs. Microbrews, too. 110 S.E. A St. Bentonville. Full bar, All CC.


BEAR’S DEN PIZZA Pizza, calzones and salads at UCA hangout. 235 Farris Road. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-328-5556. LD Mon.-Sat. BLACKWOOD’S GYROS AND GRILL A wide variety of salads, sandwiches, gyros and burgers dot the menu at this quarter-century veteran of Conway’s downtown district. 803 Harkrider Ave. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. 501-329-3924. LD Mon.-Sat. BOB’S GRILL This popular spot for local diners features a meat-and-two-veg cafeteria style lunch and a decently large made-to-order breakfast menu. Service is friendly. 1112 W. Oak St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-3799760. BL Mon.-Sat. CASA MARIACHI Mexican fare. 2225 Prince St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-764-1122. LD daily. CROSS CREEK SANDWICH SHOP Cafe serves salads and sandwiches weekdays. 1003 Oak St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-764-1811. L Mon.-Fri. DAVID’S BUTCHER BOY BURGERS Burgers, fries, shakes and drinks — that’s all you’ll find at this new Conway burger joint. 1100 Highway 65 N. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. (501) 327-3333.

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are sweet. Try the Enchiladas Mexicanas, three different enchiladas in three different sauces. 1090 Skyline Dr. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-327-1144. LD Mon.-Sun. MICHELANGELO’S ITALIAN RISTORANTE Fine Italian dining in downtown Conway. Menu features brick oven pizzas, handmade sauces and pasta, salads, fish and seafood, steaks. Serves up champagne brunch on Sundays. Try the Italian Nachos, wonton chips topped with Italian sausage and vegetables coated in Asiago Cheese Sauce. 1117 Oak St. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-329-7278. LD daily. OLD CHICAGO PASTA & PIZZA Pizzas, pastas, calzones, sandwiches, burgers, steaks and salads and booze. The atmosphere is amiable and the food comforting. 1010 Main St. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-329-6262. LD daily. ORIENTAL KITCHEN Traditional, reasonably priced Chinese food favorites. 1000 Morningside Drive. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-328-3255. L Sat. D Mon-Sat. PAYTON CREEK CATFISH HOUSE All-youcan-eat buffet featuring excellent catfish, quail, shrimp, crawfish, frog legs and a host of sides. 393 Highway 64 East. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-450-7335. D Wed.-Sat. PITZA 42 You’ll find pizza made on pita bread and a broad salad menu here. 2235 Dave Ward Dr. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-205-1380. SMITTY’S BAR-B-QUE Meat so tender it practically falls off the ribs, and combos of meat that will stuff you. Hot sauce means HOT. 740 S. Harkrider. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-327-8304. LD Mon.-Sat. SMOKEHOUSE BBQ Hickory-smoked meats, large sides and fried pickles among other classics offered at this 40-year-old veteran of the Conway barbecue scene. 505 Donaghey. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-7644227. LD Mon.-Sat. WHOLE HOG CAFE The pulled pork shoulder is a classic, the back ribs are worthy of their many blue ribbons, and there’s a six-pack of

sauces for all tastes. A real find is the beef brisket, cooked the way Texans like it. 150 E. Oak St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-513-0600. LD Mon.-Sat., L Sun. ZAZA The Conway spin-off of the beloved Heights wood oven pizza, salad and gelato restaurant is bigger than its predecessor, with a full bar and mixed drink specials that rely on a massive orange and lime juicer. 1050 Ellis Ave. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-3369292. LD daily.


CORNER GRILL Hearty sandwiches, a tasty and inexpensive weekend brunch, friendly staff in new location away from Dickson Street. Highway 112. Fayetteville. 479-521-8594. BLD. DOE’S EAT PLACE This may be the best Doe’s of the bunch, franchised off the Greenville, Miss., icon. Great steaks, and the usual salads, fries, very hot tamales and splendid service. Lots of TVs around for the game-day folks. 316 W. Dickson St. Fayetteville. 479-443-3637. D. ELLA’S Fine dining in the university’s vastly reworked Inn at Carnall Hall. A favorite — it figures on the UA campus — is the razor steak. 465 N. Arkansas Ave. Fayetteville. 479-582-1400. BLD. HUGO’S You’ll find a menu full of meals and munchables, some better than others at this basement European-style bistro. The Bleu Moon Burger is a popular choice. Hugo’s is always worth a visit, even if just for a drink. 25 1/2 N. Block St. Fayetteville. Full bar, All CC. 479-521-7585. LD Mon.-Sat. JAMES AT THE MILL “Ozark Plateau Cuisine” is creative, uses local ingredients and is pleasantly presented in a vertical manner. Impeccable food in an impeccable setting. 3906 Greathouse Springs Road. Fayetteville. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 479-443-1400. Serving:D-Mon.-Sat. JOSE’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT Epicenter of the Dickson Street nightlife with its patio and Fayetteville’s No. 2 restaurant in gross sales. Basic Mexican with a wide variety of fancy margaritas. 234 W. Dickson. Fayetteville. Full bar, All CC. 479-521-0194. LD daily.

PENGUIN ED’S BAR-B-Q Prices are magnificent and portions are generous at this barbecue spot with an interesting menu, a killer sausage sandwich, burgers, omelets and wonderful lemonade. 2773 Mission Blvd. Fayetteville. 479-587-8646. BLD. PESTO CAFE This nice little Italian restaurant in, yes, a roadside motel offers all the traditional dishes, including a nice eggplant parmesan. 1830 N. College Ave. Fayetteville. Beer, Wine. $. 479-582-3330. LD Mon.-Sun. POWERHOUSE SEAFOOD Build-your-own fried seafood platters, great grilled fish specials. 112 N. University. Fayetteville. 479-442-8300. LD.


CULINARY DISTRICT A coffeehouse and lunch cafe inside a kitchen store/gourmet grocery with delectable sandwiches and such. The grilled cheese with blue-cheese mayo is addictive. 510 Ouachita Ave. Hot Springs. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-624-2665. L Tue.-Sat. ENGLISH MUFFIN, THE The muffins referenced in the name are those famed Wolfermann muffins brought in fresh each day in a dozen or so different flavors. Breakfasts are well-balanced with light omelets in a wide variety. Blue plate specials are also available. 4832 Central Avenue. Hot Springs. All CC. $-$$. (501) 525-2710. BL daily. THE PANCAKE SHOP The Pancake Shop’s longevity owes to good food served up cheap, large pancakes and ham steaks, housemade apple butter and waitresses who still call you “honey.” Closes each day at 12:45. 216 Central Avenue. Hot Springs. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-624-5720. BL daily. VINA MORITA RESTAURANT AND WINE BAR The chef and therefore the cuisine are from central Mexico, so while there are many items familiar to Arkies for whom “Mexican” means “Tex-Mex,” there are many more options, including amazing fish dishes and daily specials that impress. 610 Central Ave. Hot Springs. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-6257143. LD daily. june 20, 2013 39

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